Delhi govt blames crop burning for smog cover over capital
The Delhi government on Saturday blamed fires in the fields arising out of agricultural residue burning in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana for the foul air quality in the Capital this Diwali.delhi Updated: Oct 29, 2016 20:52 IST
The Delhi government on Saturday blamed fires in the fields arising out of agricultural residue burning in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana for the foul air quality in the Capital this Diwali.
A government release said it reviewed the ambient air quality of the city on the eve of Diwali and found NASA satellite images of October 26 that show fires raging in the fields of Punjab and Haryana due to burning of agricultural residue. The smoke from the fires is causing a blanket of haze across North India, including Delhi.
“Agricultural fires in the fields of neighbouring states, particularly Punjab and Haryana, are a major contributor in the deterioration of ambient air quality, which will suffer due to inversion and calm meteorological conditions currently prevailing,” an environment department official said.
This comes a day after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) pulled up the neighbouring states for being unable to check large-scale burning of crop stubble. Directing Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh to comply with its earlier order in the matter, a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on Friday directed them to file affidavits detailing steps taken by them for its implementation.
The Aam Aadmi Party government on Friday had announced that it would install giant outdoor air purifiers at five highly polluted locations in Delhi, unveiling more measures to battle the capital’s foul air. A mist fountain will also be set up in a yet-to-be identified location
Environment minister Imran Hussain on Saturday appealed to residents to stay away from crackers on Diwali, since bursting of these would cause the air quality to get fouler.
“The teams of environment department have seized illegally imported crackers at Qutab Road area, Moti Nagar, Rajouri Garden and Patel Nagar. The drive against sale of imported illegal and Chinese crackers is working as a deterrent and has shown an impact on the sale of these,” the release said.