Don’t panic, it’s not like Bhopal gas leak: Min­is­ter

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

NEW DELHI: Union en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han has said there is no need to spread panic among the peo­ple over the present air pol­lu­tion sit­u­a­tion in Delhi, adding it is not like the Bhopal gas tragedy which was an “emer­gency”.

The Delhi-ncr re­gion has been un­der a thick blan­ket of smog over the last one week.

Doc­tors have de­clared the sit­u­a­tion as a ‘pub­lic health emer­gency’, while the gov­ern­ment has taken a se­ries of mea­sures in view of high pol­lu­tion lev­els.

“I am talk­ing in prac­ti­cal terms. You see, what hap­pened in Bhopal when there was a gas leak and hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple fell acutely sick and had to be rushed to hos­pi­tal. We call that an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion where you have to panic and you have to see what you have to do,” he said.

“I am not say­ing we shouldn’t do any­thing about it (Delhi smog); every­one has to re­spond to what he is sup­posed to do. But there is no need to spread panic among the peo­ple,” the min­is­ter told News18.

The Bhopal gas leak of 1984 is considered the world’s worst in­dus­trial dis­as­ter.

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