Delhi Chief Minister while speaking to the media today said that the odd-even scheme that ends on 15th November (Friday) may get extended if needed. The air quality of Delhi which was under the ‘severe’ mark and ‘satisfactory’ in the last three-four days has seen a sudden spurt in its Air Quality Index (AQI).
Delhi CM Kejriwal has told the media that the air quality of Delhi was in the ‘satisfactory’ level until the 10th of November. NASA’s satellite has provided with images that show there was no stubble crop burning in the states of Punjab Haryana in the last two days. This was largely because of the rain showers that hit the Northwestern states of India interrupting the crop burning. Hence, Delhi was able to breathe ‘satisfactory’ in the last few days.
After 10th November Delhi’s air pollution has seen a sudden dip in its air quality. The farmers which had earlier stopped setting their larger fields ablaze have resumed the process. This comes after the Supreme Court of India had strictly instructed the respective state governments and issued fines for those taking part in stubble farming.
CONVERT STUBBLE CROP INTO CNG
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also suggested that instead of burning the stubble crop it can be converted into CNG. He added that a factory in Karnal has been set up to process the stubble crop into CNG. The Delhi Chief Minister also urged the state governments of Punjab and Haryana to encourage more such initiatives. He added that this will add to the revenue of the state, increase farmer’s income and generate employment.
IT HAS REACHED THE ‘SEVERE’ LEVEL MARK TODAY
Delhi is the 8th most polluted city in India today. The AQI has touched the ‘severe’ and the ‘severe+’ mark today. Delhi’s AQI is 18 times the safe limit. There even maybe a ‘health emergency’ declared by the Delhi government by the evening or tomorrow.
Kejriwal has shown his concerns and asked that why should the people of Delhi suffer when the residents of Delhi have worked an entire year to bring down the pollution by 25% enjoying the status of ‘good, satisfactory and moderate’ most of the times.
In order to save the Delhi air from deteriorating further, the Supreme Court of India just last week had issued strict orders to the state governments with hefty fines to anybody taking-part in the stubble crop burning. In spite of it, there is no respite for the residents of Delhi in breathing good air.
Citing to these reasons Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought to extend the odd-even scheme in Delhi if such a necessity arises.