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Choking smog: Centre asks states to manage crop residue better

Choking smog: Centre asks states to manage crop residue better

Odd-even auto formula from Nov 13 to 17, HC gives emergency directions As dense smog continued to blanket Delhi for the third consecutive day on Thursday, the Centre made a decision to set up a seven-member committee of secretaries to implement the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to tackle air pollution even as the Arvind Kejriwal government announced to bring back the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme for a few days from November 13.

The Pakistan government's tweet came in a reply to Kejriwal's tweet where he urged Singh for an "emergency" interstate meet and blamed crop burning in Punjab for the major cause of smog in the national capital and to find a solution to the issue. With the new stations, Delhi became the city with the most pollution monitors in the country, with the Central Pollution Control Board and the Indian Meteorological Department's stations as well. AQI of neighbouring Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon were also in the emergency category.

The pollution emergency in Delhi-NCR have forced the AAP government to bring back the car-rationing scheme odd-even.

The dense thick smog which has been bothering the residents of Delhi will eventually decrease and has already started to improve now.

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The Government of Punjab (Pakistan) handle in a tweet on Wednesday said that they have imposed a ban on stubble burning and would urge Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, to take similar measures.

Reiterating his request, as raised earlier on July 5 2017, CM Amarinder has sought PM Modi's intervention for arresting the problem of paddy straw burning by providing a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal as incentive to compensate the farmers to manage the crop residue scientifically. Singh also hit out at Kejriwal, calling him a "peculiar person".

"There is 20 million tonne of paddy straw, where do I ask farmers to store? He doesn't understand this problem", Singh said.

He has also requested the Prime Minister to convene a meeting of CMs of the affected States along with the Union Ministers for Agriculture, Food and Environment on the issue.


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