Delhi resembles a gas chamber, Centre needs to intervene: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal pitched for providing alternatives and incentives to farmers so that they discard the traditional practise.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 5, 2016 5:59 pm
Delhi pollution, Delhi news, pollution in Delhi, Arvind kejriwal, Kerjriwal news, NGT , National Green tribunal, latest news, India news Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal blames the farm fire from neighboring states for causing Delhi’s smog. (PTI Photo)

The Centre needs to intervene to mitigate the alarming levels of smog, which have virtually turned Delhi into a “gas chamber”, mainly due to farm fires in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said. He said vehicle restriction measures like odd-even will not be able to bring down smog as initial studies suggest that the “large scale” influx of pollutant-laden smoke from Punjab and Haryana has aggravated the situation.

“Pollution has increased to an extent that outdoors in Delhi are resembling a gas chamber. Prima facie the biggest reason seems to be burning of stubble in agricultural fields in Haryana and Punjab in huge quantity,” Kejriwal told a press conference. Shutting down of schools for a long time was not a feasible solution, he said, when asked about the decision of the civic bodies to keep schools run by it closed for a day in view of pollution.

Kejriwal pitched for providing alternatives and incentives to farmers so that they discard the traditional practise. He said the Delhi government has very few methods at its disposal and the Centre needs to intervene. The Centre can sit with the Chief Minister of these states and chalk out a solution. Few reports have put the volume of stubble being burned at around 16-20 million tonnes.

“Fireworks during Diwali marginally added to the pollution. But other things inside Delhi did not drastically change. So the smog is mainly due to smoke from farm fires,” he observed. Kejriwal identified the main sources of pollution inside Delhi as vehicles, dust and waste burning, which he said could not be responsible for the pall of smog across the city. “I saw smoke across Punjab, Haryana during my visits. We need Centre’s help. We are hiring an agency in a week or two to study the sources of pollution in Delhi afresh. The Centre needs to intervene,” he said.

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    M Nazir
    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:59 pm
    What a pathetic - yeh Delhi CM to naam bhar ka hai. Ek dhele ka kaam nahi.
    1. P
      Nov 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm
      Delhi has 10% brahmins. If they all die due to pollution then how will brahminism survive. ShriBagawat, the crusader of brahmins should immediately order SC(Justice TAKUR) to take this suo moto and move brahmins to pristine Shimla and make them carry out their filthy work.
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        IML sood
        Nov 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm
        This joker Khujli will see towards Centre only when noose tights around his neck a recent obersevation SC has stated that the Delhi Govt. always blames other without itself doing anything, is the traits of a bully.Still these shameless Apptards a few can be seen here in comments will blame Centre just to hide their utter and complete failure in Delhi. A clic example of joker antics stilling on CM seat doing nautanki with his team.
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          Khalifa khan
          Nov 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm
          This guy horrible to the core.
          1. Krishna Bhagawan
            Nov 6, 2016 at 9:31 am
            Why not talk to Haryana govt and sort out the problem. delhi and Haryana are the richest states in India .
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