The minister said that he will write to the chief ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to raise the matter and urge them to take stringent steps to stop stubble burning in their respective states.
"Delhi has been witnessing increased levels of air pollution today and yesterday. Dust originating from the roads, particularly from unpaved roads is one of the major sources of pollution in Delhi. Mostly, these roads fall under MCDs. The empty land patches that create dust falls under DDA. Neither MCD commissioners nor DDA Vice Chairman and officials was present in the meeting," he said.
"Without the cooperation of such agencies dust sources and garbage that causes pollution cannot be controlled. It is unfortunate that such a serious issue has been neglected by these agencies," added the minister.
Gahlot asked, "In such a situation, how a roadmap can be prepared without political will and 100 per cent commitment?"
In the meeting called by the Centre, the minister expressed his anguish about the slow rate of distribution of machines to farmers in a bid to prevent them from burning stubbles.
"As per the affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court by the Centre, 63,000 machines were distributed in 2018-2019 and 40,000 in 2019-2020 to the farmers in Punjab and Haryana. If we consider the number of farmers in Punjab alone, it is 27 lakh as per various studies. If the distribution of the machines occurs at this speed, it will take 50-60 years to complete," Gahlot said.