The number of “Bad Air Days” in Delhi has come down by 70 days since 2016, with Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar still saying that Delhi pollution is continuously increasing.
Interacting with people during the Facebook Live event, Mr. Javadekar said that in Delhi this year, the days of poor air quality in 2016 were reduced from 250 to 180.
“We (BJP) came to power in 2014 and we kept this (Bad Air Day) count on since 2016. In 2016, Delhi had 250 bad air days and now it has reduced from 70 days to 180,” The minister says.
In June last year, the minister said: “In 2016 the number of days in Delhi with poor air quality used to be 246, and in 2014 they used to be around 300, in 2017 it came down to 213 and now it came down Is 206. “
Talking about the annual pollution spike in Delhi, he said that burning stubble for 40 days aggravates the problem. He said that Uttar Pradesh and Haryana are also responsible for the poisonous air in the capital.
Delhi adopts a variety of methods to deal with pollution such as the odd vehicle scheme.
Last year, the Supreme Court pulled up the governments of Delhi, UP, Punjab and Haryana as the capital fought the longest spell of dangerous air in two years.
Also in 2018, Delhi’s air fell into the “severe-plus emergency” category the morning after Diwali.
Mr. Javadekar said that 50 pollution control teams have been sent to UP and Haryana for investigation on burning of stalks.
Along with vehicle smoke, construction and industrial emissions also contribute to smog in Delhi.
The minister also said that BSVI vehicles would be helped in relocating to reduce vehicular pollution.
The government introduced BSVI fuel which reduces vehicle emissions by up to 60 percent. He said that metro and e-buses have been started to reduce vehicular pollution.
Shri Javadekar also said that constant efforts are needed to tackle the problem of pollution.
The minister said, “The problem of pollution cannot be solved in a day. Constant efforts are needed to deal with each contributing factor.”
Prakash Javadekar also said that an urban forestry scheme has been launched for more green areas in the cities, adding that the tree cover of 15,000 sq km has been increased in the last year.