Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday stated that the Delhi government had requested time from the Centre for a conference to discuss air pollution in the NCR, but had not been granted it.
New Delhi: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday stated that the Delhi government had requested time from the Centre for a conference to discuss air pollution in the NCR, but had not been granted it. According to him, just 31% of all pollution is caused by Delhi.
“Stubble burning and pollutants from Punjab and Haryana are major issues. NCR is the prime culprit for pollution. We attempted to schedule a meeting with the central government regarding pollution but were unsuccessful in our mission,” Gopal Rai said in a press conference.
The minister added that fields will be sprayed with bio-decomposer to prevent stubble burning. The Delhi government has been planning to spray bio-decomposer on 5,000 acres of basmati and non-basmati paddy fields in the capital.
The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) created the Pusa bio-decomposer, which will also be applied on an experimental basis on fields in Punjab. Paddy straw can be converted into manure using this microbial solution in 15 to 20 days.
The burning of paddy straw in Punjab and Haryana is worrisome, which led to the increase in air pollution levels in the national capital in October and November. Before cultivation of wheat and potatoes, farmers swiftly remove crop leftovers from their fields by setting them on fire.
According to the minister, the government has formed special teams to raise awareness about the effectiveness of the bio-decomposer and register farmers who want to apply the solution to their crops.