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Kejriwal Blames Stubble Burning For 'Gas Chamber' Delhi, Wants Schools To Be Shut

Kejriwal Blames Stubble Burning For 'Gas Chamber' Delhi, Wants Schools To Be Shut
Kejriwal Blames Stubble Burning For 'Gas Chamber' Delhi, Wants Schools To Be Shut
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2017-11-07T16:08:44+05:30

The national capital on Tuesday found itself enveloped in a blanket of smog and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the burning of stubble in neighbouring states for Delhi's poor air condition.

The CM Tweeted: "Delhi govt wrote letters to adjoining states in Aug urging them to take steps to check crop burning"

Earlier on Tuesday, Kejriwal tweeted saying: "Delhi has become a gas chamber. Every year this happens during this part of the year. We have to find a soln to crop burning in adjoining states (sic)." 

According to reports, areas like Punjabi Bagh, Lodhi Road, Pritampura and Mandir Marg in Delhi have recorded a particle matter of around 2.5 to 10. The air quality index remains at 800 to 999 (worst in the recent years). Following the dip in the air quality, several train services have been suspended and several flights have been delayed in the national capital. According to PTI, 20 trains that pass through the national capital are running late due to low visibility conditions on the tracks.

Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted that he has asked Education minister Manish Sisodia to order schools to remain closed for the next few days considering the high level of pollution in the state. 

In a reply, the Education Minister tweeted saying: "I have called a meeting at 5:30 pm to discuss the deteriorating air condition of the capital.

 

The IMA has also sought cancellation of Airtel Delhi Half Marathon this year due to rising level of pollution. The event is scheduled to take place on November 19

 

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