Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Atishi questioned the Central Government over “failing” to table the ordinance of the “Commission for Air Quality Management” in Parliament for controlling Delhi’s pollution.
However, replying to the statement, Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said the AAP is in a habit of creating propaganda and attacking Centre to avoid its own accountability. “The AAP tried to portray that Delhi’s pollution is caused by other States due to stubble burning, thermal power stations and brick kilns within 300 km of Delhi as some of the causes but the truth is that these are not the main reasons of Delhi’s deteriorating air pollution situation,” he said.
The APP leader said that the Commission for Air Quality Management Ordinance lapsed as BJP failed to table the bill in the Parliament. “Despite constant directions to the Central Government to take action to control pollution, it has done nothing. After a petition was filed before it, the Supreme Court had asked the Central government to submit a detailed report on how it plans to control stubble burning,” she said.
Atishi also said that in November 2020, the Supreme Court had even brought a new ordinance, the Commission for Air Quality Management to deal with air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region and adjoining areas. Despite this, the Central government did nothing concrete to solve the matter, she added.
Accusing the BJP of not being serious about solving Delhi’s air pollution crisis, she said “The Delhi government has taken consistent steps to control pollution in the city. A report by the Centre for Science and Environment stated that pollution in Delhi reduced by 25 per cent With providing 24*7 electricity. Delhi is the only state in the country to completely shut down thermal power plants to discourage stubble burning and also had launched Green Delhi app, which aims to control dust across the city.”
Elaborating it further, Atishi said, “I’d like to ask the Central government, what is it doing to control pollution that’s coming from outside Delhi, from states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan? Why has the Central government taken no steps towards controlling or preventing this pollution? Why is Delhi being forced to live in pollution?”