Javadekar urges Kejriwal to find solutions to mitigate pollution and stop the 'blame game'

NEW DELHI: Minister of Environment and Climate Change of the Union Prakash Javadekar on Saturday he urged Delhi prime minister Arvind Kejriwal Take steps to address air pollution in the national capital instead of falling into the blame game.

Addressing people in the media after an event here, Javadekar said: I think it is unfortunate that a prime minister, instead of finding solutions to mitigate pollution, is a blame game.

Instead of spending 1.5 billion rupees on ads, if the Delhi government spends money to buy machines to eliminate stubble crops for farmers in Punjab, it will be more beneficial, said Javadekar.

In stating that the geophysical conditions surrounding the national capital play a role in increasing air pollution, the Minister of the Union appealed to the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana to work together to address the threat.

Holding in the neighborhood states responsible for rising air pollution in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday asked Punjab, Haryana and Central governments to give specific deadlines, by when they will put stop on stubble burning.

Air quality in the national capital and its adjacent regions on Saturday continued in the 'dangerous category' with a pollution level close to 400.

Due to the prevailing weather condition, the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has announced to shut the schools till November 5 and has also banned all construction activities. The government has declared a public health emergency.