Punjab government is reluctant to take action against the farmers indulging in stubble burning despite the worsening air pollution in Delhi-NCR region.
The Supreme Court said 'the cat is out of the bag' now as the 'hue and cry' over stubble burning being a big contributor was without any basis.
The Supreme Court urged both the Centre and the states to what steps they will be taking to tackle with emergency air quality crisis in the national capital.
The air quality index of Lodhi Road, Delhi University, IIT Delhi, Pusa Road l, and Delhi airport was recorded at 489, 466, 474 and 480 and 504 respectively.
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According to the Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 314. It was 303 on Tuesday and 281 on Monday.
Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav deliberates with governments of Delhi and its neighbouring states including Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The Winter Action Plan will focus on 10 points, including stubble burning, pollution hotspots, working of smog tower and vehicular and dust pollution.
At the meeting, the city government's strategy to deal with stubble burning and pollution in winter will be discussed
The Central Pollution Control Board has issued a notice to Delhi government over other polluting activities like improper waste disposal being carried in the national capital.
The city's air quality index (AQI) was 381 at 9 am. The 24-hour average was 367 on Tuesday. It was 318 on Monday and 268 on Sunday.
The Hackathon has been organised by state-owned Energy Efficiency Service Ltd and NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam), a wholly-owned subsidiary of state-owned power giant NTPC Ltd
Annual crop residue burning incidents lead to air pollution, with Punjab and Haryana contributing to Delhi's hazardous AQI.
The national capital's AQI had improved and remained in either 'poor' or 'moderate' category until November 22.
High instances of stubble burning also contributed to a rise in pollution levels this year, officials said.
Punjab government official said, "farmers are not happy" as the ruling dispensation has not disbursed the financial incentive to prevent stubble burning.
The city recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 388 at 9 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 476 on Tuesday.
Commission recommends urgent measures as air quality in the national capital has plummeted to the 'severe category'.
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