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Pollution can't be controlled without stopping crop burning: Kejriwal

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 Rohit Shishodia
Is Arvind Kejriwal shifting the blame to other states and not tackling the problem of dust in Delhi?

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwial has asserted that unless crop burning in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh is stopped, the situation of air pollution will not improve in Delhi.

Inaugurating 20 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) in different parts of Delhi on November 9, 2017, the Delhi CM said that PM 2.5 and PM 10 were recorded before October 25, 2017, at 160  and 300 respectively which have now reached 700 and 940. Crop burning is continuously happening between October and November every year.  

“The spike in the level of pollution is not just due to Delhi itself. We have banned the entry of trucks and activities of construction. We have closed all schools too. Even after taking these measures, there is hardly any improvement in air pollution,” added Kejriwal.

On installing of 20 CAAQMS, Kejriwal informed that the level of pollution can be known through CAAQMS in 20 locations of Delhi and subsequently possible measures can be taken to tackle it.  

The locations of CAAQMS include Major Dhyanchand Stadium, JLN stadium, Dr Karni Singh Range, Asola, PGDAV College, Sriniwaspuri, Mother Dairy Plant, Patparganj, Satyawati College, Mundka Metro Station, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Rohini ITI , Narela, Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant, DITE Okhla Indl. Area and Ch. Brahm Prakash Ayurvedic  Hospital.

The other locations include Maharshi Valmiki Hospital, Pooth Khurd, Chhatrasal Stadium, MG Road, Gujrawala Town, Mukherjee Nagar, National Institute of Tuberculosis & Respiration, Kingsway Camp Industrial Training Institute, Near Babu Jagjeevan Ram Hospital, Jahangirpuri, PUSA Institutional Area, New Delhi, IGNOU Main Road, Maidan Garhi, Saket Football Federation, Dwarka and Delhi Cantt. General Hospital.

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