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.