Arvind Kejriwal slams Haryana, Punjab govts over stubble burning, says their 'criminal' inaction will turn NCR into gas chamber
Kejriwal's remarks came after Environment Minister Imran Hussain posted some photographs of rampant stubble burning, with an appeal to the Centre and state governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to 'urgently find long-term solutions' to crop burning
New Delhi: With winter approaching, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday expressed his concern over stubble burning in neighbouring states and slammed the centre and state governments for their inaction despite incessant requests to solve the issue.
We have been pursuing with Central Haryana and Punjab govts, yet no concrete action has been taken. Farmers again helpless. The entire region including Delhi will again become gas chamber. People will again face difficulty in breathing. This is criminal. https://t.co/SDyXLTDvnc
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 12, 2018
His remarks came after Environment Minister Imran Hussain posted some photographs of rampant stubble burning on Delhi-Chandigarh National Highway with an appeal to the Centre and state governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to "urgently find long-term solutions" to crop burning.
"It is extremely painful that despite repeated requests from the Delhi government, the Centre has still not convened meetings with the chief ministers and environment ministers of neighbouring states to find a permanent solution to this problem," Hussain wrote alongside the photographs on Twitter.
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The court was hearing a plea by Delhi Jal Board alleging that the water released by Haryana in Yamuna river has pollutants including high ammonia content which become carcinogenic after mixing with chlorine
Rising carbon pollution has been shown to reduce the levels of these essential micronutrients in many crop staples, including wheat, rice and legumes.