The Government of Punjab (Pakistan) handle in a tweet on Wednesday said that they have imposed a ban on stubble burning and would urge Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, to take similar measures. The tweet, which was in response to Mr Kejriwal's request to the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana on Twitter for a meeting, also accompanied a link to their "medium/long term action plan to combat smog".
We have imposed a ban on stubble burning in Punjab (Pakistan) & hope @capt_amarinder takes similar measures. Some of our medium/long term action plan to combat SMOG are: https://t.co/xmA4fP3lz8— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) November 8, 2017
Environmental hazards threaten our people and habitat. Let us act fast to counter it. https://t.co/QMEnhH89ZS
The national capital has been wrapped in thick grey smog since Tuesday and the air quality has been at its lowest. The Delhi government has directed schools to stay shut till Sunday and brought back the odd-even traffic rationing arrangement to cut the number of cars on the roads.
Talking about the hazardous practice of setting crop residue on fire that pushed the level of pollutants in Delhi, Mr Kejriwal said that "it's an economic problem and unless the governments find economically viable alternatives, this won't stop".
"All of us need to keep politics aside and work together to tackle this huge problem of pollution," he added.
He urged the Centre to "rise to the occasion" and "come to the rescue" of the farmers with financial aid to compensate for stubble management.