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.

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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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First Published on: November 6, 2016 10:09 am
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    Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
    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.
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      Vikrant
      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.
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        disgusted
        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
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          Rajdeep Singh
          Nov 6, 2016 at 6:50 am
          LG AND CENTRE SHOULD COOPERATE WITH KEJRIWAL. BJP PEOPLE ARE BREATHING THE SAME POLLUTED AIR. I HOPE SANITY PREVAILS
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            imti
            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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              Malti
              Nov 6, 2016 at 5:27 am
              MOST USELESS CM --- he hasn't got a single good idea how to do a job -- all he does is opens his mouth and talks about MODI -- and he doesn't understand he is a professional and Kejriwal is still a student like Rahul ---
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                Kabir
                Nov 6, 2016 at 7:04 am
                Doesn't he have regular cabinet meetings? Why he wants call special meetings all the time
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                  karan kansal
                  Nov 6, 2016 at 6:48 am
                  thousands of delhi people is suffering from this smog cause of its ongoing pollution from neighbor state like Punjab and Haryana. being a residents of Punjab we are all suffering badly from this smog. we should not blame this pollution on the aam admi government. punjab and haryana government should prevent this pollution and stop the paddy burning.
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                    sasidharan k.p
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 5:37 am
                    There are a number of solutions to prevent pollution .Strangely no remedy against Aam Admi Pollution.
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                      mathimathi
                      Nov 6, 2016 at 7:44 am
                      Is any INDIAN SCIENCE CIRCUS led by feku Ji ideas to solve deteriorating air quality?
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                        Niharika Sharma
                        Nov 6, 2016 at 7:54 am
                        Mr. Kejriwal is a complete failure in all respects and his government is full of s who think vacuuming and sprinkling would do the trick to tackle this smog. A spineless man and shame on us that we voted for this loser.
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                          Pmg Pillai
                          Nov 6, 2016 at 5:08 am
                          It will ne good if Arvibd Jewhriwal apply his mind andfind outhow this occurng nd then an effetve solution. What is po;;ution mamde ges formation i the atmodphre hnve it is ony solution is by the man. Chemisry hs enough gases which arehrmkess andif mabufactured in bulk and stored ad rajen to crtin alyde and relesed there ht will nullyfy the bd effect of a pollution gas and that wlreult o in pure air in the atmosphere This exercise must be mde a reulat affar tomaintsin clean air for hu,an beings the cost c be met witha pollutio tax from vehcile owners and rtemust be bsdon type f behives andits horse oer smilly a smll vhsrge on al or gving cle and ur ait whih will prevent mny aimnts every govrmt mus kake it a rgular affir like rviding clen frinkinwterThe lolself gvrnment must measyre the evelof pollutionregularly and take ioiscure it by chemical meas dated sunday Movember 06th 2016Time1030hrs ist
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                            Prasun Das
                            Nov 6, 2016 at 5:34 am
                            We the public are also to blame. We knew that Diwali crackers will lead to pollution but still we went ahead. Why blame only the Govt?
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                              Rakesh Katyal
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 7:32 am
                              Since the government has as usual been caught unawares, Main Agenda of the meeting is to decide Who can be blamed for the Mess. Secondly should name of Punjab be left out of burning of crop list as naming the Punjab farmer may have adverse effect on party chances in Punjab. Bouncers will be present in full so that none of the 67 jewels need dissent. All actions to deflect blame on others including two three FM ads by CM must be completed by 8th as 9th onwards CM is again off to Punjab. Actually CMs frequent trips to other states is the best way for him to avoid the smog in Delhi. His request to delhiites is to find similar innovative ways for themselves. After all his powers are curbed by LG and Modi.
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                                Ram Pathak
                                Nov 6, 2016 at 4:51 am
                                Except abusing Modi what else could be the outcome. You may guess and bet.
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                                  Ram Perma
                                  Nov 6, 2016 at 5:43 am
                                  Mr CM - Perform or perish
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                                    sajeev
                                    Nov 6, 2016 at 6:08 am
                                    First Kejri should shut is trap. Instead of producing hot air about how successful the ODD EVEN scheme was or how Modi is preventing him from turning Delhi into Shangri La, Kejri should get down to some basic work. He has proved himself to be a thrid rate administrator and more of an egoistic prima donna more than a team player, so it would be a wise move to change himself first and learn to work with the LG, Centre and his bureaucrats if he wants to do justice to the people's mandate.
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                                      saligrama
                                      Nov 6, 2016 at 5:40 am
                                      What kind of morons are these protesters ? What on earth could possibly the government do, when people want to own automobiles, drive them to work, shop and dont want to pay more for clean fuel and dont want to take public transport. The farmers or other workers in the industries too dont want to change the way they live or many any sacrifice. Unless people think that they owe it to their kids, g children to bequeath clean air/water and make necessary sacrifices themselves, nothing is going to change.
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                                        sreeram
                                        Nov 6, 2016 at 6:41 am
                                        Strongly protest against anyone taking proactive action against Delhi's pollution for it gives lots of employment to Doctors, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical companies and also help in reduction of Delhi Pollution. lt;br/gt;By taking or reducing pollution it will effect the economics of the country and there is be many unemplo people without pollution.
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                                          Shivram Vaidya
                                          Nov 6, 2016 at 6:54 am
                                          दिल्ली में मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल खुद किसी भी बात की जिम्मेदारी लेने को तैय्यार नहीं होता ! मुख्यमंत्री बनने के बाद आज तक उस ने ऐसा एक भी काम नहीं किया है जो दिल्लीवासीयों के लिये अभिमान का विषय हो ! अपने ही मंत्रीमंडल के भ्रष्ट मंत्रीयों के इस्तिफ़े लेना, अपनी ही पार्टी के लफ़डेबाज आमदार, नेताओं को पार्टी से हकाल देना यह उस का एक काम है ! दुसरी बात, किसी भी विषय पर अपनी जिम्मेदारी टालकर, केवल केंद्र सरकार, नरेंद्र मोदी जी और भाजपा के नाम से चिल्लाते रहना यह उस की प्रमुख जिम्मेदारी है ! ऐसा निष्क्रीय, नाकारा और अकार्यक्षम मुख्यमंत्री चुना है दिल्लीवासीयों ने !
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                                            vak
                                            Nov 6, 2016 at 5:37 am
                                            All politicians including modi and co or any one are priotising economic interest over public health interest...Economy is more important than public health for them and what do u expect from them...economy is important but not at the cost of the its own citizens health. First repair the situatuion bring down to normal and start leveraring for economy...I dnt think anybody has the guts to this in the country....God save those delhi people.....
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