Greenpeace India, an NGO working in the field of environment, said on Thursday that the Delhi government's claim that air pollution has come down by 25 percent during the last few years. However, the AAP has rejected this report of the NGO.
According to the analysis of the NGO, "Combining the increasing consumption of fossil fuels like petrol and diesel along with air quality monitoring and satellite data in Delhi and adjoining states, the government's claim that pollution during the last years does not seem correct. There has been a decrease of 25 percent in the level of "
Reacting to the Greenpeace report, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said that this analysis is unimportant for him. He said that the Center has said in the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court that pollution has decreased in Delhi and in October and November the pollution is due to burning of straw.
In Delhi government advertisements, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that PM2.5 (particles of diameter equal to or less than 2.5 microns present in the air) has dropped to an average of 115 between 2016 and 2018, an average between 2012 and 2014 Was 154 Assuming these claims, there has been a 25 percent reduction in pollution.
However, Greenpeace India has said that satellite data shows that there has been no satisfactory reduction in these particles between 2013 and 2018. There has been a slight decrease in the latter part of 2018 as compared to the last three years.
Contrary to the claims of the AAP government, the NGO has said that pollution has increased in some cases. Greenpeace has said that it is noteworthy that coal consumption in Delhi and two neighboring states - Haryana and Punjab - increased by 17.8 percent between 2015-16 and 2018-19. The report said that consumption of petroleum products increased by 3.3 percent during this period, which increased pollution.