ANI Photo | “This is what Kejriwal has given to Delhi in last 8-9 yrs,” says BJP’s Manoj Tiwari as city’s AQI worsens

As the air quality in several parts of Delhi plunged to the ‘severe’ category, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Manoj Tiwari on Friday said that this is what Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has given to the people of the national capital in the last nine years.
The BJP MP said that the average life span of people living in Delhi has been reduced by 12 years.
“Breathing in Delhi is becoming tough. Children are under the threat of suffering lung damage if they are stepping out of their houses. The average life span of people living in Delhi has been reduced by 12 years. This is what Arvind Kejriwal has given to Delhi in the last 8-9 years…He has not taken any serious step towards this, let alone making an effort. He is involved in his corrupt acts and is going across the country. Delhi is cursing its destiny,” the BJP leader said.
There was a thick haze blanketing the skyline of the national capital and adjoining areas on Friday morning as the Air Quality Index (AQI) breached the 400 mark at multiple locations.
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI stood at 498 in Mundka followed by 491 at Jahangirpuri.
In the RK Puram area and at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3) the AQI was recorded at 486 and 473 respectively.
Moreover, AQI at multiple locations in Noida also plunged to the ‘severe’ category with Sector 62, Sector 1 and Sector 116 recording 483, 413 and 415 respectively.
A resident of Noida said that in the wake of dense smog, he has started experiencing breathing problems.
“I can feel irritation in my throat and difficulty in breathing. There is pollution…Something should be done about it. How will an ill person breathe properly? You can see how the situation is,” he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the government cannot control the pollution in the national capital completely and that the sources outside the city cause twice the pollution than inside.
While speaking to ANI, the Environment Minister said that the Kejriwal-led government is working on a war footing to curb the pollution level.
When asked whether the Delhi government has failed in curbing the pollution level, Gopal Rai said, “First of all, it is wrong to think that the Delhi Government can control pollution completely because the matter of pollution is not of Delhi alone. Sources outside Delhi cause twice the pollution here than the sources within Delhi.”
He said that the Delhi government is working on a war footing. “It is a result of the efforts of CM Arvind Kejriwal that as per the report of the Central Government, in 2015, there were only 109 days out of 365 in which air quality was good. Last year we reached 163 days. This year, Delhi experienced more than 200 days of good air quality.”
The minister said that after the Delhi government’s efforts, the 13 hotspots identified last year across the city now have been reduced to 5, adding that the next 15 days of November are crucial.
“Last year, 13-14 hotspots were identified where there was a continuous increase in pollution. Now their numbers are 4 to 5. In the whole of North India, there is this kind of situation of AQI. The next 15 days are very critical for Delhi. The speed of the wind is low, and the temperature is going down. Seeing this, the GRAP 3 rules have been implemented. We have called the meeting of all the concerned departments at 12 p.m. today. We are seeing that, though rules and policies are being made and directed, their implementation is not strict. This is a challenge,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government on Thursday ordered for all the government and private primary schools to remain shut for the next two days. The state government also ordered that there shall be restrictions to ply BS-Ill. petrol and BS-IV. diesel LMVs in NCT of Delhi with immediate effect till further orders, Except for vehicles deployed in Emergency Services, Police vehicles & Gov. vehicles used for Enforcement.
This was part of the third stage of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) that was invoked on Thursday.
Stage III of the GRAP is implemented when the AQI hits Severe in the range of 401-450. As part of its response to combat pollution the state government can impose strict restrictions on BS III petrol and BS IV diesel four-wheelers in certain areas and may suspend physical classes in schools for primary grade children up to Class 5

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