Delhi pollution: Kejriwal calls for Cabinet meeting to discuss deteriorating air quality

Saturday saw pollution levels peak to the highest levels this season so far, with the Centre saying that the situation was alarming.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2016 10:47 am
air pollution, delhi air pollution, ngt delhi air pollution, ngt aap govt, aap government air pollution, aam aadmi party air pollution, air pollution in delhi, national green tribunal air pollution, indian express news A cyclist rides on a road enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali festival in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (Source: AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

With no signs of smog letting up in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for a Cabinet meeting at 12.30 pm on Sunday to discuss the issue of deteriorating air quality in the city. Data from System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) on Sunday indicated that the pollution levels were still “severe”, with PM 2.5 at 355 and PM 10 at 482. At 9 am, the PM 10 levels at RK Puram was 999, at IGI Airport it was 436, at Punjabi Bagh, 999, Shanti Path area registered 662. The forecast for the next three days was also marked as “very poor”.

Meanwhile, Delhi residents held a protest at Jantar Mantar today against the government’s “ineffectiveness” in addressing the issue. “Never has it happened that schools were shut due to pollution, frankly we cant raise children like this,” a protester told news agency ANI. “We’ll hold protest every Sunday.This is an emergency, a crisis; politicians need to listen to us,” another protester quipped.


Saturday saw pollution levels peak to the highest levels this season so far, with the Centre saying that the situation was alarming. Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave called for an emergency meeting of all environment ministers from the states bordering Delhi to chalk out a plan of action in controlling the rising pollution levels. Dave appealed for a united response, and said that no one should indulge in a political blame-game on fighting pollution.

“There is an emergency situation in Delhi. The situation is bad, particularly for children, patients, women and elderly. We need to take immediate steps to deal with the situation,” Dave told reporters after meeting Kejriwal at his residence.

Saying that Delhi has become a “gas chamber”, Kejriwal blamed Haryana farmers for contributing to the city’s pollution woes. Farmers from the neighbouring state burn crop stubble before preparing the field for harvesting.

“Pollution levels in Delhi are so high that Delhi has become a gas chamber. Smoke from other states because of stubble burning and meteorological factors are responsible. The environment minister should call an emergency meeting of the chief ministers of Delhi and its neighbouring states on Monday so that immediate steps to tackle the issue can be taken… This situation needs the intervention of the Centre at the highest level. Farmers should be given incentives to find alternates to burning stubble,” said Kejriwal after meeting Dave.

Previously, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced that the government would tackle air pollution on war footing. Naming dust as one of the major source of air pollution, Sisodia revealed that the government will begin vacuum cleaning of roads and sprinkle water to stop dust from rising.

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  1. M
    Nov 6, 2016 at 7:38 am
    A CM elected should be of a very high profile leader by example and practice what he preaches and a great planner,---CM should have been very well planned in advance about pollution nearing to festive seasons such as Diwali where pollution gets created due to fire crackers rather than leaving it to the last minute and tragedy strikes,----this AAP definition: ''AAPtards AAPs Party"" followed by ""Arvind Asli Paapi""--is always busy wasting their voters time and energy who elected them to power nosing around and blaming PM like new born babies out of their mothers womb,---CM--definition:--Con Man-KHUJLIWAL and AAP is the biggest mistake made by delhities.
    1. V
      Nov 6, 2016 at 6:56 am
      Are crackers only the source of pollution? One of the main contributor is crops being burnt in Punjab and Haryana. This is yearly occurance. But kajri bai is so busy watching CDs and visiting naxal / jihadi centres that he couldnt think of meeting his counterparts of Punjab and Haryana to come up with a strategy to solve this problem.
      1. D
        Nov 6, 2016 at 7:31 am
        Instead of spending money on a full page ad in Tamilnadu, Kejri should rather spend money in eradicating pollution from Delhi
        1. Rajdeep Singh
          Nov 6, 2016 at 6:50 am
          1. I
            Nov 6, 2016 at 6:46 am
            kejriwal instead of spending crores of public money on Ads, meetings and trips to Bangalore to recoup from u know what, could have spent the same money on helping farmers undo their crop leftovers ( there are enough solutions at low cost) and saved Delhi from this air pollution.
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