Delhi has virtually turned into a gas chamber and it is because of the farm fires in the neighbouring Haryana and Punjab, says Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal while he was responding to the Delhi Smog Pollution problems.
“Pollution has increased to an extent that outdoors in Delhi are resembling a gas chamber. Prima facie the biggest reason seems to be burning of stubble in agricultural fields in Haryana and Punjab in huge quantity,” Kejriwal expressed in a press conference.
The odd-even policy of Delhi government is not capable of reducing this high-level pollution. The centre should intervene to reduce the alarming pollution rate, he added.
“Shutting down of schools for a long time is not a feasible solution”, he replied when asked about the decision to shut down the schools for a day.
“Fireworks during Diwali marginally added to the pollution. But other things inside Delhi did not drastically change. So the smog is mainly due to smoke from farm fires,” he remarked.