Air quality being monitored constantly: Govt

The CM and the Cabinet are in constant touch with environment scientists, who are continuously monitoring the pollution level.

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday said that the scientists in the environment department are “constantly monitoring” the pollution level in the national capital, where the air quality index has been “fluctuating” in the last 48 hours. The rural development minister said that the government met the Pawan Hans officials to discuss the plan of aerial sprinkling of water.

The chief minister and the Cabinet are in “constant touch” with environment scientists, who are continuously monitoring the pollution level. “The report for the last 48 hours given by the scientists is that the air quality is fluctuating. The report has been submitted to the chief minister and the Cabinet,” Mr Rai said.

“Movement of trucks and construction works are under scrutiny, water is being sprinkled, we are continuously monitoring the situation,” he said.

Mr Rai also hit out at the Haryana government for “playing blamegame on stubble burning instead of taking action in his own state.” The national capital has been experiencing dense smog for about a week, forcing authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns in the National Capital Region.

Mr Rai also hit out at the Centre, over the issue, referring to a media report that the Union government allegedly “did not release funds” to states in North India, meant for farmers to dissuade them from stubble burning. Asked about the allegation made by the Haryana government as to what the AAP government was doing for Delhi farmers, he said, “We have been doing more than we can.”

“In Haryana and other states, the crop is cut from the top using technology, so it leaves a long stubble which need burning for removal.

“In Delhi, our farmers cut crops close to the roots. And, have you seen any visual on TV or photos in newspapers of Delhi farmers resorting to stubble burning,” he said.

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