Will Delhi govt go for aerial water sprinkling? Key meet today

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Dense smog in Delhi, Nov 13, 2017.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Dense smog in Delhi, Nov 13, 2017.
Photo – PTI

The Delhi government is scheduled to hold a key meeting with the helicopter agency Pawan Hans officials this evening to discuss the plan of aerial sprinkling of water. Meanwhile, the state officials and their scientists in the environment department are “constantly monitoring” the pollution level in the national capital.

Addressing the press this afternoon, Delhi Minister Gopal Rai claimed that the air quality index has been “fluctuating” in the last 48 hours.

“The report for the last 48 hours given by the scientists is that the air quality is fluctuating. The report has been submitted to the chief minister and the Cabinet,” Rai said.

“Movement of trucks and construction works are under scrutiny, water is being sprinkled, we are continuously monitoring the situation,” he added talking about the measures taken by the Delhi government after pollution level spiked last week to dangerous proportions.

The minister and key aide of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Gopal Rai, however, criticised the Haryana government alleging “blame game” being played on the issue of stubble burning.

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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.

Rai also criticised the Centre 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.

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 need burning for removal. In Delhi, our farmers cut crops close to the roots. And, have you seen any visual on TV or photos in newspapers of Delhi farmers resorting to stubble burning,” he said.

“I was in Rohtak yesterday and the air in Haryana right now is more noxious. What is Haryana government doing?” he asked.

(With inputs from PTI)