Delhi pollution, Gopal Rai, the environment minister, urged the Centre on Tuesday to clarify how much stubble burning contributes to Delhi’s pollution. The remark was made after the central government told the Supreme Court that stubble burning contributed only 4% of the total emissions.

“Throughout the day, experts, the media, and the general public debated how stubble burning contributes to Delhi’s smog. In a single affidavit, the Centre provided two contradictory assertions. One page stated that the percentage was 4%, while another stated that the percentage was 35-40%. Neither of these statements is correct. As a result, I am requesting that the Union environment minister publicly clarify the facts and claims,” Rai stated.

Rai added, “From November 4 to 14, the average contribution of stubble burning to PM2.5 was roughly 31 percent,” according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). The data was also presented to the court by the Centre, which is a federal government organisation. I suggest that the Union environment minister explain as soon as possible. So that we can develop the proper pollution strategy and, in the future; we can all work together to find a permanent solution.

“In this meeting, on behalf of the people of Delhi. We proposed that work-from-home be implemented and that all construction work and industries in Delhi-NCR be shut down. Rai said, referring to a joint meeting held by the Commission for Air Quality Management; with the states in response to a Supreme Court order. The proposals of the other countries were also given. The minutes of the meeting are being awaited. We are hoping that this discussion will result in a collaborative action plan to reduce pollution levels.”

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