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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First Published on: November 7, 2016 1:56 pm
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    Rattihallirao
    Nov 7, 2016 at 9:30 am
    Mr. Dave is an expert in pollution and so every bidy must accept his views. Eh.
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      Bharat
      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 ...!!!
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        arc
        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?
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          tipu
          Nov 7, 2016 at 11:11 am
          For Union Minister Dave 20% of air pollution is ONLY 20%.lt;br/gt;these are the people in whose hands Indians have put their future.
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            Avinash
            Nov 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm
            And you seems to be boss of Dave kejriwal who know their knowledge level. Modiot.
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              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.
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                Dennis
                Nov 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm
                Has he shared his source of information?
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                  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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                    vinay
                    Nov 7, 2016 at 8:58 am
                    How did he arrive at the figure of 20% ? lt;br/gt;What scientific exercise was undertaken by the Environment ministry to study wind and air flow patterns to arrive at the figure of 20% ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In all probability , the minister (like most Govt functionaries) is just blabbering nonsense to deflect responsibility away from the neighbouring State Govts.
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                      freethinker
                      Nov 7, 2016 at 12:12 pm
                      Crop burning is the simplest and easiest thing to control to check pollution. A twenty per cent reduction in air pollution, if it can be achieved, will be a major accomplishment. So why not start with this instead of playing the blame game. Farmers should be taught the value of organic matter produced by letting cut crops lie in the field. The fires they light are easy to see and control. So why wait. Pollution does not know boundaries - only politicians do.
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                        Ashok Mazumdar
                        Nov 7, 2016 at 9:00 am
                        As if 20%, means just 1%, !lt;br/gt;It looks like as if he is Postlt;br/gt;Graduate from Same Fake University, where from Tomar, Irani, Damodarlt;br/gt;did their Education.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He should have blamed Kejriwal for his Cough/ Khansi, which is causing Delhi Pollution.
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                          Vihari Naidu
                          Nov 7, 2016 at 9:28 am
                          Bjp already shifting responsibility instead of preventing burning of crop residues in adjacent Bjp ruled states. Wait a second, elections right....?!
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                            Sanjeev Singal
                            Nov 7, 2016 at 12:20 pm
                            Who is ruling Delhi? lt;br/gt;This is anybody's guess. lt;br/gt;Hypocrites!
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                              OP
                              Nov 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm
                              Mr Dave, respectfully I request you to go through a report published in Wall Street Journal , supported by NASA satellite imageries taken in Oct 2015.
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                                Raj
                                Nov 7, 2016 at 12:55 pm
                                BJP are trivializing the issue and the concerns of the nation.
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                                  Raj
                                  Nov 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm
                                  LOL...If he knows this, why can't he control the 20%? BTW, from where does he get these figures or are they made up on the spur of the moment?
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                                    Rici
                                    Nov 7, 2016 at 10:55 am
                                    He knoes much better than Khujliwals and sikulars.
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                                      Rici
                                      Nov 7, 2016 at 10:56 am
                                      How sikulars and khujliwal blamed diwali as the main reason of delhi pollution. His reasoning is similar.
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                                        Rici
                                        Nov 7, 2016 at 10:57 am
                                        How sikulars and khujliwal blamed diwali as the main reason of delhi pollution. His reasoning is similar...
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                                          Rici
                                          Nov 7, 2016 at 10:57 am
                                          How sikulars and khujliwal blamed diwali as the main reason of delhi pollution. His reasoning is similar.jj
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                                            Rici
                                            Nov 7, 2016 at 11:25 am
                                            How sikulars and khujliwal blamed diwali as the main reason of delhi pollution. His reasoning is slightly better and based on some facts( may not be accurate)
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