Amid the political uproar over air pollution in the capital Delhi, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in the Lok Sabha that it took Beijing 15 years to deal with air pollution. We will reduce air pollution in Delhi in less time. The environment minister made this announcement at a time when the air quality in Delhi has once again become ‘very poor’.
Responding to the discussion under Rule 193 on air pollution and climate change in the Lok Sabha, Javadekar said, “Mass movement is needed to tackle air pollution. This is not a political question. We all have to deal with it together and it requires sustained efforts. ”The minister said,“ Beijing has taken 15 years to deal with air pollution, we will beat it (air pollution) in less time. ”
Severe state of air pollution in Delhi
Javadekar was responding to members’ concerns about air pollution in various parts of the country, including Delhi. On the other hand, the air quality in Delhi has once again become ‘very poor’ on Friday. According to experts, the wind speed will increase in two days and the situation will improve slightly. Air quality may again deteriorate on 25 November. Delhi’s air quality index was 360 at 2 pm. Rohini area was the most polluted. There was an AQI 416.
For the serious situation of air pollution in Delhi, on Tuesday, targeting the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the Lok Sabha, the BJP MPs of the city said that they are blaming stubble burning in neighboring states to hide their failures. During the discussion on pollution and climate change under Rule 193 in the Lok Sabha, BJP members said that the biggest cause of air pollution in Delhi is not the stubble burning in the neighboring states, but the smoke and construction activities emanating from vehicles here.
‘Big scam to distribute masks’
BJP member Parvesh Verma accused the Chief Minister of Delhi of distributing masks about which the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) claims that they cannot prevent pollution. He alleged, “The Delhi government distributed 50 lakh masks. But no tender was issued. This is a huge scam. ‘BJP MP Gautam Gambhir said that there should not be allegations of counter-pollution and cheap politics.