Agencies making air quality claims should behave more responsibly: Delhi CM

DELHI : Attacking the “guessing games” being played over Delhi’s air quality, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday said source apportionment of pollution has not been done by agencies which are claiming that impact of stubble burning on the city’s air quality is less. Speaking at the party headquarters, Kejriwal said local pollution sources were the same as before, and that air quality had been between ‘good’ and ‘moderate’ since the last 7-8 months.

He said the sudden spike in pollution is a result of smoke released from crop stubble burning, which is underway in parts of north west India, mainly Punjab and Haryana. “No additional population has suddenly settled in Delhi, no sudden inflow of vehicles has taken place and no new dust sources have come up in the last seven days. How could local sources have contributed to the sudden spike in pollution?”

The CM said agencies claiming that stubble burning has only a little impact on the city’s air quality should “behave more responsibly” about the figures they share.

The Chief Minister’s statement comes a day after Sunita Narain, member of the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA, reportedly claimed that local sources in Delhi account for 90% of pollution in the capital.