Blame game over Delhi air pollution begins

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  • Crop burning in Punjab must stop, says Kejriwal; Haryana wants funding

As pollution levels in the National Capital Region remained severe for the third straight day, politics over who was to be blamed for the smog crisis took centre stage, with the States blaming each other or the Centre.

Particulate Matter levels in Delhi were over eight times the standards, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) index of the Union Earth Sciences Ministry. In fact, the Air Quality Index, as per the Central Pollution Control Board, rose from Wednesday, remaining in the ‘severe’ category.

Speaking at the inauguration of 20 new air quality monitoring stations, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal once again said crop burning in Punjab and Haryana was the main reason behind Delhi becoming a “gas chamber” for about a month every year. Referring to his letters to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday, Mr. Kejriwal said the NCR States needed to work together to find a solution.

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