AAP rushes to claim credit over pollution ranking

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 23:25 IST
The AAP government introduced the odd-even scheme to check pollution levels in Delhi. (AFP)

No sooner the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its report dislodging Delhi from the dubious title of being the most polluted city in the world, there was a rush to claim credit.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders took credit for the decrease in pollution levels, not realising the data that took Delhi from number 1 to number 11 dates to 2013.

“BJP/Congress made Delhi Most polluted city in the world. AAP govt brought pollution down. See new WHO report. Modi speaks, AK works,” (sic) tweeted party leader Ashutosh.

The report is based on data collected in 2013. The AAP formed its first government that year but on December 28.

There was a hue and cry after the WHO report released in 2014 ranked Delhi as the most polluted city in the world. The issue entered public discourse after 2014.

The Delhi government said air quality had improved over the past year because of its efforts.

Also read: Half of world’s 20 most polluted cities in India, Delhi in 11th position

“According to information provided by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee scientists, important factors behind the reduction in air pollution measurements for Delhi during the last one year are increased awareness about pollutant availability of the pollution related data in public domain and concrete action to control emissions from construction activities and control on industrial emissions,” the statement read.

According to the WHO report, Delhi ranked 11th out of 3,000 cities/towns for PM 2.5 concentration levels and 25th for PM 10. The city ranked 1st and 8th on the two parameters in 2014.

Twitter was abuzz with the new rankings with a number of people congratulating the AAP government.

The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took to twitter to congratulate Delhiites. “Latest WHO report- Delhi no more most polluted city. Congrats Delhiites,” (sic) he tweeted.

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