On Thursday, Prakash Javadekar, the Union Environment Minister, has denied Arvind Kejriwal’s claim that stubble burning is the primary cause of increasing air pollution in Delhi NCR during the winter months.
Putting the entire blame on other provincial aspects, Javadekar stated, “The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has employed 50 teams to examine the national capital region from today. Not more than 4% of contaminants in Delhi’s atmosphere is produced from stubble burning. However, the major reasons for pollution include construction, dust, and burning of biomass. During the previous month, many meetings were organized by Javadekar with the state representatives from North India for discussions regarding future actions to decrease air pollution.
The Aam Aadmi Party pioneer and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his opinions in response to the remarks of Javadekar. In his tweet, he clearly said, “Denying the fact will not be fruitful. If only 4% of air pollution occurs because of stubble burning, then why is the air more polluted in the last fourteen days. It was quite clear before that. A similar incident happens every year. No local source of pollution has increased in the past few days to result in this situation.”
He even included, “It is wise to accept that entire North India usually faces a huge spike in air pollution during this time of the year for stubble burning. So, we should attempt to look for the true solution to this serious issue. It is better not to drag political conflicts and blame game into this matter. People are now running within a lot of adversities. I am anxious that COVID-19 with air pollution will make the situation deteriorate even more.”
To expand awareness among people about pollution, the Delhi Government started a new campaign to motivate the citizens to put off the vehicles’ engines while standing in the traffic signals. Based on a government survey, PM 10 emissions will be decreased by 1.5 tonnes every year due to this cautious step. Also, It will reduce the production of PM 2.5 by 0.4 tonnes every year.
Every year in winter, air pollution in Delhi causes heavy smog and severe health issues for children and adults. Because of numerous private vehicles and petroleum vehicles, the Indian capital is one of Asia’s most dirtied urban areas. The government is seating a lot of energy into lessening the level of pollution in the air. However, the change can only come through the collective attempt of citizens and administration.