Delhi’s pollution level lowest in five years after Diwali: Environment Minister Gopal Rai
New Delhi/UNI: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday claimed that the Air Quality Index (AQI) improved by about 30 per cent as compared to the previous year the day after Diwali.
Rai during a media briefing claimed that the pollution level of Delhi was lowest after Diwali compared to the last five years.
AQI level was measured at 390 in the year 2018, 368 in the year 2019, 435 in the year 2020, 462 in 2021 and this year it was 323 measured.
Rai said he is hopeful that Delhiites would help more to reduce pollution levels next year.
At least 150 mobile anti-smog guns were launched across the national capital on Tuesday to tackle air pollution and reduce dust pollution, he added.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Delhiites are working hard in the field of pollution.
Kejriwal tweeted and wrote: “Delhiites are working hard in the field of pollution. There have been very encouraging results. But there is still a long way to go, which will make Delhi the best city in the world.”
प्रदूषण के क्षेत्र में दिल्लीवासी काफ़ी मेहनत कर रहे हैं। काफ़ी उत्साहजनक नतीजे आये हैं। पर अभी लंबा रास्ता तय करना है। दिल्ली को दुनिया का सबसे बेहतरीन शहर बनायेंगे https://t.co/VVoLxBrGd4— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 25, 2022
On the pollution issue in Delhi, however, the Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party alleged that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has been lying to the public.
"Stubble burning is being done continuously in Punjab. Due to this, Delhi has once again reached number one among the most polluted cities in the world," the party claimed.