Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday said that his government has proposed to implement work from home policy, ban all construction work and shut down industries in the National Capital Region to tackle air pollution, reported ANI.
The statement came after the Commission for Air Quality Management, a body set up by the Centre, held a meeting with officials of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to review the steps taken to address the air crisis.
“The other states have also put forth their views and we are waiting for an official notification from the commission,” Rai said, according to PTI.
He also said that the Delhi government’s “Red Light On, Gaadi [vehicle] Off” campaign meant to curb vehicular pollution will be extended by 15 days. The campaign was going to end on November 18.
Rai also asked the Centre to clarify its claims regarding the contribution of farm fires to pollution in the National Capital Region, ANI reported.
“In its affidavit, the Centre mentioned both 4% and 35% to 40% stubble burning contribution in air pollution,” he said. “It should be clarified… How can both be correct? I urge the environment minister to verify [the data].”
On Monday, the Centre had told the Supreme Court that stubble burning is not a major cause of air…