Crop burning contributes only 20 per cent to Delhi pollution, says Union Minister Dave

Dave convened a meeting of representatives from states bordering Delhi, to jointly address the pollution issue.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2016 5:22 pm
Workers of the NDMC spray weater on streets and plantations in a stretch near the safdarjungs tomb in the capital New Delhi on monday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 071116 NDMC worker sprays water on streets and trees in New Delhi. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Union Minister for Environment Anil Madhav Dave, who chaired a meeting on Monday to discuss the issue of rising air pollution, said that eighty per cent of pollution in Delhi is derived from the national capital itself and remaining twenty per cent from crop burning in neighbouring states. Dave convened a meeting of representatives from states bordering Delhi, to jointly address the pollution issue. “There must not be ‘blame game’ here, right now the priority is to make air pollution free so that people can breathe,” he said.

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Dave added that till the Delhi government takes initiative, the problem wouldn’t be resolved. “They must sprinkle water and do the needful on time,” he said. On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the state administration would be taking up vacuuming and sprinkling of water on roads on a priority basis. New Delhi Municipal Corporation workers on Monday were seen sprinkling water on trees and roads, in line with the state government’s proposal. Earlier, Kejriwal blamed farmers from Punjab and Haryana for burning crop stubble, which contributed significantly to the rising pollution levels.

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  1. R
    Nov 7, 2016 at 9:30 am
    Mr. Dave is an expert in pollution and so every bidy must accept his views. Eh.
  2. B
    Nov 7, 2016 at 10:24 am
    This what we are expecting from centrel govt..only words .. its not ur mistake actually are not made for work .. do ur religious politics.. he said only 20% .. can u imagine only ...!!!
  3. A
    Nov 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm
    Mr Dave, please explain how you have arrived at the 20% figure. On what basis? Or is it Vedic knowledge?
  4. T
    Nov 7, 2016 at 11:11 am
    For Union Minister Dave 20% of air pollution is ONLY;br/gt;these are the people in whose hands Indians have put their future.
  5. A
    Nov 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    And you seems to be boss of Dave kejriwal who know their knowledge level. Modiot.
  6. B
    Bijan Mohanty
    Nov 7, 2016 at 8:49 am
    When you are at the brink, 20 per cent is a disastrous figure and minister should realise that and take measures to stop it in the states where his party is in power.It seems, he is trying to make a political statement with intent to shift the blame to delhi govt.
  7. D
    Nov 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm
    Has he shared his source of information?
  8. D
    deendayal lulla
    Nov 7, 2016 at 9:27 am
    The Centre and Delhi should work together to solve pollution problem. Help farmers to dispose of stubble. Farmers cannot afford expensive environment solutions. Basis of 20 per cent? Pots also result in pollution. It is time for Mumbai to wake up.
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