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Prakash Javadekar has no time to address air pollution: Manish Sisodia

The war of words between rival political camps intensified post-Diwali, as the city was shrouded by a thick cloud of toxic smoke.

Published: 03rd November 2019 09:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2019 09:41 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal along with dyCM Manish Sisodia during an event to distribute free masks in Delhi Government Schools at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya Civil Line in New Delhi on Friday

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal along with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia during an event to distribute free masks at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya Civil Line in New Delhi. (Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS)

NEW DELHI: The blame game over soaring air pollution levels in the national capital continued on Saturday, with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accusing Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar of cancelling three meetings over the last two months to discuss stubble burning and its impact on air quality.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Sisodia said, “It appears that the Union environment minister doesn’t have time to meet his state counterparts to address an urgent matter concerning the whole of north India right now. Meetings to discuss stubble burning were scheduled on September 12, October 17 and October 19. But they were cancelled. This only goes to show the misplaced priorities of the central government. What has the central government done apart from paying lip service?”

The war of words between rival political camps intensified post-Diwali, as the city was shrouded by a thick cloud of toxic smoke, blamed on the bursting of crackers and crop residue burning in neighbouring states. Both the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government have since been trading blame over the prevailing situation.

While Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal put the onus on his counterparts in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana to crack down on stubble burning, the BJP accused the Delhi government of waking up late to the crisis and contesting data suggesting that stubble burning was responsible for air pollution in the city.

Javadekar, had, in a series of tweets, claimed that the Centre has taken a host of measures, including expansion of Delhi Metro and construction of western and eastern peripheral expressways to cut vehicular emission. However, the Delhi government sat on allocation of funds for these projects, he said.

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