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Delhi Environment Minister appeals to people to celebrate cracker-free Diwali to reduce pollution

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Minister Hussain on Tuesday appealed to people to help in reducing local sources of by celebrating a cracker-free

The appeal by Hussain comes amid a deterioration in air quality which has worsened to alarming levels in the past three weeks.

The overall air quality index on Tuesday was recorded at 320 which falls in the "very poor" category. On Monday, the worst air quality of season was observed, according to data by the Central Control Board.

Seeking their help to contain pollution, Hussain appealed to people to celebrate a cracker-free

"I appeal to everybody concerned to help in reducing the local sources, which contribute to air Celebration of cracker-free is one such step, and I hope the residents of will continue their positive contribution," he said.

"I would like to take this occasion to share with the residents of the national capital, the existing ambient air quality position and would like to request the residents to persuade their near and dear ones for desisting from bursting fire crackers and convince their children about the importance of a green and clean Diwali," he said.

He also noted that the contribution from the agricultural waste in the recent past has gone up to 60 per cent.

"There was a significant intrusion of stubble generated pollution on Monday, which has shown a declining trend on Tuesday, as we approach Diwali," Hussain said.

He also noted the the year 2018 has seen more days of better air quality as compared to previous years, due to combined efforts of residents of and agencies concerned.

"However, we collectively need to keep up our efforts, particularly on Diwali and after," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 19:35 IST