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Delhi Air Pollution: NHRC, NGT, HC Express Concerns; Arvind Kejriwal Says Time to Keep Politics Aside and Work Together

New Delhi, Nov 9: After Delhi High Court, National Green Tribunal (NGT) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) expressed concern over the worsening quality of air in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked political parties to keep aside politics and work together. Speaking at an event, Arvind Kejriwal said the Centre and state governments of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh should come together to control pollution in the national capital and neighbouring states.

“If everyone from central government to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana government come together and put aside politics, a solution can be found,” said Arvind Kejriwal. The Delhi Chief Minister also said the decision on odd-even formula will be taken by today or tomorrow if the situation demands. While Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is in power in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana are ruled by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Punjab is under Congress rule.

It came after the Delhi High Court, NGT and NHRC rapped the Centre, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh government for not taking serious efforts to control the rising air pollution in the national capital. The NHRC called the situation in Delhi alarming and issued a notice to the Centre and government of Punjab and Haryana on their action plan to tackle stubble burning which mainly causes thick toxic smog in the national capital.

The NGT on Thursday lashed out at AAP government in Delhi, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and neighbouring states for snatching ‘right to life’ from people by not taking enough measures to control air pollution in the national capital. The tribunal banned construction and industrial activities in Delhi-NCR till November 14 and said no trucks from outside or within Delhi will be permitted to transport any construction material.