New Delhi: Delhi Aam Admi Party (AAP) government environment minister Imran Hussain claims that the pollution level of the national capital has improved over the last three years. He said due to the measures that have been implemented to improve air quality in Delhi which include the ban on garbage burning, impounding of polluting vehicles, construction works, plantation of trees and deploying traffic police for smooth flow of traffic at vulnerable points.
Despite his tall claims Delhi air quality continues to remain very poor with Air Quality Index (AQI) dropping down to 337 levels in several areas.
As per AQI index, 0 to 50 level is considered good, between 51 to 100 is satisfactory, 101 t0 200 as ‘moderate’, 201 to 300 ‘poor’, 301 to 400 ‘very poor’, and 500 and beyond is considered as ‘severe’.
Hussain says, “You can check with the air quality index for the same period in the past three years and will be able to see the difference yourself.”
Aam Admi Party leader also said that Delhi alone contributes only 30 to 35% of the overall pollution; rest amount is generated by the NCR region where all the major factories are operational.
Speaking with Newsd Delhi minister says, “In the past one year around ten thousand cases related to air pollution quality has been resolved and immediate and effective measures have been taken against the culprits.”
Delhi AAP government has appointed 83 environmental marshals for an immediate and speedy response to people violating pollution norms.
The Environment Minister says, “Our marshals are equipped with motorbikes and working in coordination with the 15 environmental teams of Delhi government. They do the patrolling in their marked areas and report to the environmental engineers.”
Delhi had adopted an emergency plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) last year under which stringent actions are implemented based on the air quality of the city.
Imran blames neighbouring state for not stopping and controlling the stubble burning and said, “We have requested and written letters to Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan government to arrange for an alternative of this residue burning, even asked the central government to help and support but nothing has been done to stop this illegal practice of disposing the crop residue by burning.”
Burning of paddy straw and other crop residues every year during October and November and wheat straw during April in Punjab and Haryana are the major contributors of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, as the smoke travels towards the national capital. In Delhi, it mixes with the fog and creates a toxic smoggy winter every year.
The Environment Minister also urges to the people of Delhi to celebrate Diwali with more of lightings and with festive spirit. Hussain made an appeal from Newsd platform for a lighter and greener Diwali and wishes all the people for the upcoming celebration falling on November 7.