The level of air pollution in Delhi continues to be at an alarming level. On the orders of the Supreme Court, the Commission for Air Quality Management held a meeting with officials of states, including Delhi, on this issue on Tuesday.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said at this meeting, Delhi gave three proposals.
Rai said, "We have proposed that firstly, work from home should be implemented everywhere in NCR, including Delhi. Secondly, construction activities should also be stopped in the entire NCR and lastly, industries should be closed, so that pollution level is controlled in the entire NCR, including Delhi. All other states have also put their points before the commission. We are waiting for the minutes of the meeting."
Gopal Rai also questioned the data presented by the Central Government in the Supreme Court regarding the share of stubble burning in air pollution.
He said, "On Monday (November 15), there was a debate throughout the day over the contribution of stubble burning in air pollution. There are two facts in the affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court. One states that the share of stubble in pollution is 4-10 per cent and the other says that it is 35-40 per cent."
The Environment Minister requested to clarify it according to the data, because without making it clear, there will be a problem in formulating a strategy.
Sharing the pollution data released by SAFAR between November 4 and 14, Gopal Rai said during this period, the average contribution of fire in Delhi's air pollution was 31 per cent.
Gopal Rai further said continuous steps were being taken by the Delhi Government regarding air pollution. "As per the instructions of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, all construction activities and school institutions are closed. The instructions to work from home are applicable."