Greenpeace International is a non-governmental organization working for the environment. It has termed the Aam Aadmi Party‘s claim of reducing pollution in Delhi as false. According to Greenpeace, pollution levels in Delhi have not decreased by 25% in the last few years. The organization said on looking at the data on increasing consumption of fossil fuels like petrol and diesel along with air quality and satellite data in Delhi and adjoining states. The government’s claim of reducing pollution by 25% in the last few years does not seem right.
Kejriwal claims – PM 2.5 level decreased by 25%
In fact, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been claiming through government advertising for quite some time. He says the level of PM 2.5 in Delhi has come down from 115 in 2016-2018 to an average of 154 in 2012-2014. This is a reduction of around 25% in PM 2.5.
However, Greenpeace India quoted satellite data as saying that there has been no visible decrease in PM2.5 levels from 2013 to 2018. Compared to the last three years, only in the last months of 2018, there was a decrease in pollution levels.
PM10 level too high in 2018: Greenpeace
According to Greenpeace, the reality is contrary to the government’s claim in Delhi. The PM10 level in the state has also increased. According to the NGO, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB’s Air Quality Monitoring Station, PM10 levels in 2018 have been higher than in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In March this year, Greenpeace India and the Air Visual Report gave Delhi the most polluted capital of the country.
Aam Aadmi Party rejected Greenpeace report
On the Greenpeace report, Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said that this analysis is not a matter of concern for him. Bhardwaj said that the central government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court. It said that pollution has reduced in Delhi and in October and November; the pollution is because of the burning of stubble.