Delhi smog: Meeting of environment ministers from NCR states on Monday, says Anil Dave

NGT had issued notice to o the Secretaries of Environment and Urban Development of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and directed them to remain present before it on the next date of hearing, November 8

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2016 8:24 pm
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The worsening air pollution situation in Delhi has prompted Union Environment Minister Anil Dave to call a meeting of all environment ministers of NCR states on Monday. “The Environment Minister of NRC states, including Haryana, Punjab and Delhi, will convene an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the worsening air pollution situation in Delhi,” said Dave. This development comes after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) pulled up the respective state governments and the central government for not doing enough to tackle the deteriorating environment situation in Delhi.

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The NGT in its order on Saturday had asked the AAP government in Delhi and the central government to stop ”shifting blame” for the worsening smog in the NCR region and ”look at what we will giving our children.”  The tribunal further said “We understand there is a conflict of administration between the civic agencies, Delhi government and the Centre. But you can tell us who is not doing his work. It’s unfair to the people of Delhi. In everything, the authorities are just throwing off their hands. We have to do something. You cannot say that time will do it.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had immediately come out in defence of his government and said “Prima facie the biggest reason seems to be burning of stubble in agricultural fields in Haryana and Punjab in huge quantity.”

He also said the Diwali celebrations in the NCR region had also contributed to the ongoing problem. “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.

However, the NGT has noted that there are three other contribution factors to the pollution problem namely dust, burning of plastic and waste, and uncovered construction material lying in the open  and also directed authorities to look into them. “There are three other sources of air pollution. Why do you not take steps? You know hillocks of waste are being burnt every day at landfill sites. This itself is enough to kill people of Delhi. Why don’t you fix the responsibility of the officers and take action against them,” the bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar said.

As for the farm fires, the NGT issued notices to the Secretaries of Environment and Urban Development of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and directed them to remain present before it on the next date of hearing on November 8.

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    manish vijay
    Nov 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm
    Kejriwal a learned is behaving like a dummy defeated politician . this is really strange an IITian , Civil services exam qualified , Ma award winner is behaving like cheap activity doer, gossiping time wasters just to gain stardom by using Media . Shame and Pathetic ur kejri .Really feeling sad , that had a great praise for u some time back . U have shown that ur same politician - blame game Hero,cheap politician and big Time Waster . Rather than working on various issues ur busy giving y media bytes , dharna kumar nataks and dramebaaji .
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      manish vijay
      Nov 5, 2016 at 6:43 pm
      When we Lalchee indians particularly- people elected leaders will understand to use fund for nature and stop using for ur own luxury . After so much of money wasted in elections , ministers come to grab funds and money to pay the sponsors , religious fund givers , businessman . Stop doing all those - Leaders . Be smart and use it for ur own country , ur use for nature will only benefit u , ur neighbours and childrens . What u hav learned from Int relations . Can u use the knowledge for ur own countryman. Save them and Save urself . When that time will come !!
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        ramesh kumar
        Nov 6, 2016 at 12:12 am
        NGT should know the reasons for this smog. This has not happened in a day or due to Diwali, which is generally blamed. The writing was on the wall and NGT did not read it,,,,due to smog... There is turf war between Delhi Govt and the Centre and this has resulted in citizens of Delhi paying for it. lt;br/gt;And the citizens of Delhi also deserve this as they should understand the necessity and prevent the suspended dust by planting more greenery. About 80% iof the delhiites go abroad and praise that country but when they get back they have not brought any learning from there and only criticise and create more pollution.
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          Rajesh Pradhan
          Nov 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm
          It is quite amazing that no strong PILs have been filed despite the pollution/smog that occurs so frequently (maybe more severe this year). Had this happened in most regions in the West or the developed parts of Asia, court diktats would have forced administration to implement solutions that have been known to technical experts for decades.
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            Vikas C
            Nov 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm
            5 imminent Solutions:-lt;br/gt;1. Improve Public Transport in/around NCR - make it punctual and ensure a seat for every penger.lt;br/gt;2. Promote CNG and Electric Vehicles - remove long lines from CNG stations and add electric vehicle charging stationslt;br/gt;3. Stop further registration of Diesel Vehicles in NCR; it is immoral to ban existing ones. More toll for entry of Diesel vehicles in Delhi/NCR.lt;br/gt;4. Stop expansion of polluting industries in NCR and facilitate/support their migration; again, it is immoral to stop existing ones.lt;br/gt;5. Ensure 1 tree per "x" area of each building; Impose carbon tax on violating buildings/houses.
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