Lok Sabha holds discussion on air pollution in Delhi

The Lok Sabha today held a discussion on air pollution in Delhi. Members cutting across party lines said pollution in the national capital is a serious issue, and it has to be tackled, leaving aside politics. The issue was raised under Rule No. 193.

Participating in the discussion, BJP MP Pravesh Verma from West Delhi constituency said pollution in the city is mostly due to dust and construction activities.

He alleged that the Delhi government did not take any necessary steps to contain the pollution. Another BJP MP Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi constituency said the Ghazipur landfill is a big menace, and merely penalizing farmers will not solve the issue.

TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar suggested that the government should initiate a movement, Swachch Hawa, on the lines of Swachch Bharat. He requested the members to rise above politics and come together to find a solution to the problem.

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Ganpat Sawant said that apart from other pollutants, electronic waste and lithium batteries are more hazardous.

Congress MP Amar Singh suggested that a proper action plan is needed to contain the menace of stubble burning. He said chemical fertilizers and pesticides cause damage to the environment, resulting in cancer cases among the rural community, particularly farmers.

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