As air quality continues to deteriorate within the capital , Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday said that Delhi was paying the worth of Centre’s negligence as timely intervention by the govt on the difficulty of stubble burning within the fields of Punjab and Haryana could have helped lowering pollution levels within the city.
“Had there been timely intervention by the Centre and had they listened to our proposal of bio decomposers which was successful in decomposing 90 per cent of stubble in Delhi, then perhaps Delhi could’ve been shielded from 35-45 per cent of pollution thanks to stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana,” Gopal Rai told ANI.Justifying the ban imposed on bursting firecrackers during the on-going festive period within the city, the Delhi Minister said that the ban was necessary amidst rising pollution during the pandemic.
“Rise in pollution affects the respiration of individuals . within the wake of that, the Delhi government decided to ban crackers because people cannot do anything about the pollution coming from outside,” he added.In a bid to stop the Covid-19 pandemic from worsening thanks to increased pollution , the Delhi government has banned all kinds of firecrackers from November 7 to 30.
On Monday, Rao had said that if anyone violates the ban on firecrackers during Diwali, then the violator shall be penalised under the Air Act.He also mentioned that the Delhi government is running the ‘Red Light Campaign’ to place a check on the toxic emissions from the vehicles and combat vehicular pollution.
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