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Punjab CM hits back to Delhi government, industrial waste, traffic equally to blame for pollution

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 3 November 2019, 12:06 IST
Captain Amarinder Singh

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on facing criticism for stubble burning in his state-led to pollution crisis in Delhi, on Saturday, wrote to PM Modi, saying independent agencies, the large scale industrial pollution, traffic overload, excessive construction activity taking place in Delhi is equally to blame.

The CM of Punjab, in his letter, however, admitted that stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is contributing to the toxic levels of air pollution in the national capital.

"The state government blames the stubble fires triggered by the farmers in Punjab and Haryana for the smog. Stubble fires supported by the winds blowing in the wrong direction are contributing to the toxic levels of air pollution but according to the data from several independent agencies, the large-scale industrial pollution, traffic overload, excessive construction activity taking place in Delhi is equally to blame," Amarinder Singh said in the letter.

He also asked political leaders to stop playing blame games ad work together for the people of Delhi, saying that nobody could be "oblivious to the misery of our brethren in the national capital".

"No Indian, and definitely no person in Punjab, is oblivious to the misery of our brethren in the national capital, whatever many around the country might have been led to believe. The harsh truth is that while all of us are busy conveniently passing the buck to one another, Delhi's people are reeling under excruciating misery," Amarinder Singh wrote.

Punjab CM also sought Centre's immediate intervene in evolving a consensus to address the problem of pollution in Delhi. "The situation as it prevails today demands a consensus rising above political affiliations and regional considerations. I look at you, Mr Prime Minister, to initiate the process of evolving that consensus, without further delay," Singh said in the letter.

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First published: 3 November 2019, 12:06 IST
 
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