NASA Releases Smog Images of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Pakistan

Gwen Vasquez
November 12, 2017

If I have got 20 million tonnes of paddy straw, if I ask the farmer to store this, farms will be covered with the paddy straw.

"The high increase in PM levels in Delhi is not just due to local reasons, people and government of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until solution to crop burning is found", said Kejriwal. "Mr Kejriwal doesn't understand this problem", said the Chief Minister. With Delhi facing severe levels of air pollution for a second day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday reached out to his counterparts in Punjab and Haryana, seeking a meeting to come up with a solution to curbing stubble burning in their States.

While North India continues to gasp for breath, Aam Aadmi Party MLA in Punjab Sukhpal Singh Khaira is being slammed on a Twitter for a video that he posted in October this year. "It's an economic problem".

Kejriwal said the governments in the neighbouring states had failed to provide farmers with viable alternatives to stubble burning, a process that leads to air pollution in Delhi.

While Kejriwal insisted on a meeting with his Punjab and Haryana counterparts, Singh said that the issue can only be solved by the Centre.

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While the jury may still be out on its efficacy the last two times that the move was imposed, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal did make it a point that his concern over the deteriorating situation is known.

CM's office also stated that Singh has also requested Modi to convene meeting of chief ministers of the affected states along with the Union ministers for Agriculture, Food and Environment on the issue.

To Mr Kejriwal's comments, Amarinder Singh said that such a meeting of chief ministers would serve no goal.

The thick blanket of haze that hung over NCR scored a staggering 487 on a scale of 500 of the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) air quality index, indicating "severe" levels of pollution which can affect even healthy people and "seriously impact" those with existing diseases.

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