Air qual­ity fluc­tu­at­ing, be­ing mon­i­tored con­stantly: Rai

Move­ment of trucks, con­struc­tion works are un­der scru­tiny while sprin­kling OF WA­TER WILL ALSO BE IN­TEN­SI­FIED, SAYS DELHI DE­VEL­OP­MENT MIN­IS­TER GOPAL RAI

Millennium Post - - CITY - SAYANTAN GHOSH

NEW DELHI: Amid the grow­ing con­cern over the air pol­lu­tion, the Delhi gov­ern­ment on Mon­day said that sci­en­tists in the en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment were “con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing” the pol­lu­tion level in the na­tional cap­i­tal where the air qual­ity in­dex has been “fluc­tu­at­ing” in the last 48 hours.

“The chief min­is­ter and the Cab­i­net are in “con­stant touch” with en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tists, who are con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tor­ing the pol­lu­tion level,” said Gopal Rai, the de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter of Delhi. The re­port for the last 48 hours given by the sci­en­tists showed that the air qual­ity was fluc­tu­at­ing, he added. Talk­ing about re­open­ing of schools, Rai told Mil­len­nium Post: “If the con­di­tion de­te­ri­o­rates then we might close down the schools and for all these de­ci­sions we have ap­pointed sci­en­tists who are keep­ing a tab on the con­di­tion, de­pend­ing on their re­port, we are tak­ing ev­ery de­ci­sion.”

The min­is­ter also said that move­ment of trucks and con­struc­tion works were un­der scru­tiny and the sprin­kling of wa­ter will be in­ten­si­fied.

Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment met the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the “Pawan Hans” and of­fi­cials of the avi­a­tion depart­ment to de­cide an ac­tion plan on the ae­rial sprin­kling of wa­ter. Gopal Rai said, “We are happy that Pawan Hans has ac­cepted our pro­posal and we hope that ae­rial sprin­kling of wa­ter will take place soon.”

Rai also hit out at the Haryana gov­ern­ment for “play­ing the blame game on stub­ble burn­ing in­stead of tak­ing ac­tion in his own state”. Asked about the al­le­ga­tion made by the Haryana gov­ern­ment as to what the AAP gov­ern­ment was do­ing for Delhi farm­ers, he said, “We have been do­ing more than we can.”

“In Haryana and other states, the crop is cut from the top us­ing tech­nol­ogy, so it leaves a long stub­ble which needs burn­ing for re­moval. In Delhi, our farm­ers cut crops from the roots. And, have you seen any vis­ual on TV or photos in news­pa­pers of Delhi farm­ers re­sort­ing to stub­ble burn­ing,” he said.

Rai fur­ther took on the Cen­tre, over the is­sue, re­fer­ring to a me­dia re­port that the Union gov­ern­ment al­legedly “did not re­lease funds” to states in north In­dia, meant for farm­ers to dis­suade them from stub­ble burn­ing.

The na­tional cap­i­tal has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dense smog for about a week, forc­ing au­thor­i­ties to en­force emer­gency mea­sures such as ban­ning con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and brick kilns in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion.

PIC/NAVEEN SHARMA

A view of South Block on Mon­day as thick layer of smog en­veloped Delhi

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