Environment ministers of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan skipped a crucial meeting called by Union minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday to discuss measures that could stop further deterioration of air quality in the National Capital Region. Instead of the environment ministers, senior officials from the states joined the meeting.
Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was the only state minister to attend the meeting. He later told reporters that the neighbouring states of Delhi should also show seriousness in curbing the increasing air pollution in the national capital.
The air quality is expected to deteriorate further around Diwali due to local factors and regional causes such as stubble burning, mainly in Punjab and Haryana. Read more
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