Ex-Union Minister Veerappa Moily for high-powered panel to look into air pollution in Delhi

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 3 pm was 401, falling in the 'severe' category, the highest this season, Central Pollution Control Board officials said.

Published: 30th October 2018 03:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2018 04:00 PM   |  A+A-

Delhi_ air_ pollution

Traffic policemen wear masks to protect themselves as air quality deteriorates in New Delhi. (Photo|PTI)


HYDERABAD: Former Union Environment Minister M Veerappa Moily Tuesday pitched for constitution of a high-powered committee of experts to suggest a roadmap to deal with the air pollution problem in Delhi.

Besides, the panel should comprise representatives -- experts and not bureaucracts -- from the Delhi government, the Centre and the States around the national capital, the senior Congress leader said.

This committee should prepare a roadmap on how to deal with the issue, the former Karnataka Chief Minister said. The Centre and the Delhi government should work hand-in-hand, Moily added.

Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' on Tuesday for the first time this season with stubble burning intensifying in neighbouring states, authorities said.

"Absolutely bad", Moily said on the stubble burning issue.

"Mere banning is not enough, they will have to adopt new technologies to burn it without affecting the environment", he told PTI.

The Centre, Moily said, should take interest in addressing the issue. "If you allow things to go on like this, without taking care and without taking appropriate steps, this will be the result.

This shows negligence both on the part of the State government and the Central government", he alleged.



Stay up to date on all the latest Delhi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp