As India’s capital turns into a gas chamber, the Delhi government’s suggestions include “Don’t go out for school or work,” “Don’t travel in private vehicles,” and “Don’t breathe toxic air.” However, the government refuses to acknowledge that it is their fault for being unable to control stubble burning in Punjab, which is now governed by their party.
According to Bhupender Yadav, Union Environment Minister, farm fires have increased by 19% in Punjab, which is under AAP government, while they have decreased by 30.6% in Haryana, which is under BJP authority.
The Punjabi government failed to spend Rs 212 crore last year, according to the Union Minister. Punjab received Rs 280 crore from the Center this year for crop residue management equipment.Accordingly, there was almost Rs 492 crore available, but the state administration decided to hold on the money, causing helpless farmers to burn crop debris, the man claimed.
On Thursday afternoon, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi reached a severe level, indicating a significant deterioration in the city’s air quality. The AQI also exceeded 500 in places including Anand Vihar, ITO, and Narela, moving into the “Severe” category. The spreading of stubble in the neighbouring states is still going on, and its contribution to the pollution in Delhi is anticipated to increase in the ensuing hours.
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has accused the BJP government of playing the blame game against the state’s farmers amid persistent stubble burning in Punjab.Parents and environmentalists, on the other hand, pushed for the closure of schools on social media.Environmental activist Vimlendu Jha posted on Twitter, “I realise children don’t vote for you, but nevertheless, urge all the chief ministers of Delhi (capital region) to immediately SHUTDOWN all the schools.” Not for our youngsters, where every third child already has some respiratory challenges, “it’s not NORMAL to breathe 500 AQI.”
According to medical professionals, extended exposure to hazardous air, particularly in the morning, can cause major health issues.
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