New Delhi: As the government struggles to control the air pollution in the national capital, AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP Navaneethkrishnan demanded that Parliament session be shifted to somewhere in South India.
Participating in a debate in the Rajya Sabha on New Delhi’s pollution levels Thursday, Navaneethakrishnan said the capital is not fit for human inhabitation.
“Everyone is living in fear in Delhi. It has become a gas chamber and is no longer fit for human inhabitation,” he said.
“Article 48A of the Constitution says that the state shall endeavour to protect and improve the environment, and safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country. Though it is in a chapter of directive principles, thanks to the recent Supreme Court judgment, it is an enforceable right", he said.
“To save Delhi, subject to correction and approval by this house, the session may be shifted to southern part of our nation so that our northern friends can come to South India and enjoy food and climate which is free from pollution.
"So, I welcome all the northern friends to South India and have a good, peaceful and effective Session", the MP said.
The AIADMK MP pointed out that shifting of the Parliament's session to south will also be a good example for national integration.
"My humble submission is that any one of the Parliament's sessions can be held either in Nagpur, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, or some other locations. It will also be very good for national integration", he said.
Derek O Brien (TMC) while participating in the debate said a large number of lives have been lost due to pollution and suggested that the government should also look at other metropolitans and small town to deal with the problem there.
In his reply to the debate, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan assured the members of the House that the government was in the process of implementing various measures to bring down pollution in Delhi.
He also said the pollution recorded in Delhi this year is way less than what it was last year. He appealed to the members of the House to spread awareness among people so that they could use public transport more and consequently bring down vehicular pollution. The minister also said the government was focusing more on renewable energy.