Centre accepted farm fires polluted air: AAP

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Centre accepted farm fires polluted air: AAP

Friday, 08 November 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Citing the Central Government’s affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court, the AAP on Thursday said the Centre accepted that the pollution level in the national Capital has come down and went up after Diwali due to stubble burning.

"I want to expose the lies of BJP because in the Supreme Court of India Central Government which is run by the BJP has submitted that there is an increase in the good to moderate days in Delhi," said chief spokesperson of AAP Saurabh Bharadwaj, adding that it means that as the Delhi Government claimed that the pollution of Delhi has come down is now being accepted by the Central Government.

According to the affidavit submitted by the Center in Supreme Court noted, "In reference to the overall air quality status of Delhi (2018-2019), there has been an overall improvement in air quality of Delhi in 2019 (from January 2019 up to 2nd of November 2019) as compared to that of 2018. It is respectfully submitted that the number of 'Good' to 'Moderate' days has increased to 175 in 2019 as compared to 157 in 2018. Correspondingly, the number of 'Poor' to 'Severe' days has reduced to 131 as compared to 149 in 2018. The Comparative Air Quality Index Status for 2018-19."

Bharadwaj also said that in their affidavit, the central government has also accepted that the stubble burning incidents have increased in the states of Punjab and Haryana and that caused a spike in pollution after Diwali in Delhi.

He said that Center's submission in the SC noted, "Bursting of fire crackers during Diwali 2019, Stubble burning and adverse meteorology conditions have led to rise in the pollution level in Delhi NCR and the air quality on the night of October 30, 2019 reached to severe category and the same has continued up to the morning of November 2nd, 2019. Thereafter, air quality levels improved till 02.11.2019 evening but high winds around 5 pm on December 2, 2019 kicked up local dust which got suspended on moist air already present in North West of Delhi."

"High relative humidity due to light scattered rains has led to secondary aerosol formation causing a spurt in particulate matter levels and air quality at present i.e. on November 3, 2019 is in severe plus category. Hourly particulate matter 2.5 p concentration plot from October 25, 2019 up-to November 2, 2019," it said.

Bharadwaj further said, "In the affidavit, the Central Government has attached an annexure where they have shown the status report on the crop residue management scheme as an alternative to the stubble burning and this annexure surely will expose the lies of the BJP leaders."

The Center's affidavit noted that In Punjab the target of giving such machines was 7600, the government received applications from 7829 people and they have only distributed machines to 2657 people, he said, adding that similarly in Haryana, the target was to distribute 15,343 machines the government received applications from 51274 people and distributed only 5113 machines.

In Uttar Pradesh, the target was of distributing 4077 machines and received applications from 1918 farmers and distributed only 1391 machines, he added.

AAP senior leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said, "The BJP should say sorry to the people of Delhi because of there lies.

The affidavit filed in the Supreme Court clearly says that the spike of pollution in Delhi happened due to stubble burning and the Delhi government is saying that from a long time but the BJP defames the Delhi Government,"

Singh said that in this affidavit, to the Supreme Court, the Central Government has also accepted that the spike in pollution happened due to the failure of the State Governments of Punjab and Haryana to distribute machines as an alternative to the stubble burning."

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