Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the AAP government in Punjab was responsible for excessive stubble burning which has led to a decline in air quality in NCR in recent days.
In a joint press conference with Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann on Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the AAP government in Punjab was responsible for excessive stubble burning which has led to a decline in air quality in NCR in recent days.
“Air pollution is a problem in North India. AAP, the Delhi government or the Punjab government are not the only ones responsible. Now is not the time for the blame game,” he said.
Following the deteriorating weather in and around the national capital Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to close all primary schools in Delhi.
He said that if there is stubble burning in Punjab, then we ourselves are responsible for it because our government is there. Delhi CM said that many steps will be taken with the farmers in this matter and its results will be visible in the coming year.
“We take full responsibility for the increase in agricultural fires in Punjab,” he said, adding that it has been only six months since they formed a government in Punjab. “We have taken steps to control it.”
“The Kejriwal government is not the only one responsible for the worsening of the air quality,” he told a news conference today with his party colleague and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann at his side.
A forecast agency has revealed that stubble burning contributed 34 per cent to the PM 2.5 pollution of the national capital.
He said that pollution in Delhi has become very high. People are finding it difficult to breathe. This is not only the problem of Delhi but the whole of North India. Apart from Delhi, the air is going very bad in many cities of Haryana and UP. He said that there are many local reasons for this. The village of one state does not stay in one state and moves from here to there. The central government should take steps.
Kejriwal further said that we have a government in Punjab and Delhi. There is no time to do politics. There is no question of pointing fingers at us. We believe that stubble is burning in Punjab. But until the farmer does not get a solution, what will he do? Its not responsible. We take responsibility for this if stubble is burning in Punjab. Hon’ble government has taken many steps. Some got success, some didn’t. But now that the company is engaged, a concrete solution will come out by next year. There is no blame game in this. We are responsible for the burning of stubble, we believe that.
Air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the ‘severe’ category on Friday morning as the city’s General Air Quality Index (AQI) jumped to 472. Noida, which is part of the capital region nationally, recorded an AQI of 562, and continued to remain in the ‘serious’ category, while Gurugram’s AQI stood at 539 and continued to remain in the ‘serious’ category, according to data published by SAFAR (Serious Air Quality System). and weather forecasting and research) from India.
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