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Delhi Smog: AAP Punjab blames industrial and vehicular pollution

Delhi Smog: AAP Punjab blames industrial and vehicular pollution

After a snub to his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal that a meeting with him over stubble burning would be futile, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday went on to say, "Kejriwal was a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation". States adjoining Delhi will also have to fully implement the GRAP, which includes control of road and construction dust, garbage burning, emissions by power plants and industries, entry of vehicles and several other steps.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment and Forest has created a seven-member committee headed by the environment secretary to monitor the implementation of the short-term and long-term solutions. Official sources said the Centre made a decision to go ahead with GRAP after an urgent meeting was held on Thursday.

"As a thick blanket of toxic pollutants enveloped the national capital for the third consecutive day, chief ministers of Delhi and Punjab kept the farm fires on â€" an agricultural practice believed to be the main culprit behind the smog. AQI of neighbouring Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon were also in the emergency category.

Amid the blame game, the air quality of Delhi and its satellite towns deteriorated further on Thursday with all of them recording air quality index higher than 480 on a scale of 500.




The pollution emergency in Delhi-NCR have forced the AAP government to bring back the car-rationing scheme odd-even.

Reiterating his request, as raised earlier on July 5 2017, CM Amarinder has sought PM Modi's intervention for arresting the problem of paddy straw burning by providing a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal as incentive to compensate the farmers to manage the crop residue scientifically. "I have been seeking a meeting with both Haryana and Punjab chief ministers since yesterday, but I have not received any response", Kejriwal said.

"However, what is probably not being understood in proper perspective is that a problem, which is essentially scientific and economic can not be tackled through other means, including coercion", he said.


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