Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Delhi's air quality on brink of turning severe: Authorities

Environment ministry forms teams to report incidents of pollution Delhi air quality continues to be ‘very poor’, four areas fall under ‘severe’ category
Sandra Phillips | 04 November, 2018, 03:22

Beside banning construction in Delhi-NCR zone and shutting down industries that run on coal and biomass, EPCA has urged Delhiites to use public transport until November 10. After the meeting, Dr Harsh Vardhan was quoted as telling the media, "Punjab and Haryana have been informed to take more action on stubble burning". The South Delhi Municipal Corporation said around 1,582 challans were issued for violations in the zones under it. Deputy commissioners of 14 police districts in the national capital were directed to ensure no temporary licences are issued for sale of firecrackers till the PESO-approved crackers were available in the market.

The absence of environment ministers from the crucial meet was questioned by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Cabinet colleague, who said neighbouring states should take the issue of air pollution "seriously".

It says that a total of 21 schools were built or approved in the same period on or near roads with levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which can pass through the lung lining into the bloodstream - over World Health Organisation recommended limits.

The overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 366, as per CPCB's data. In the meeting, it was emphasized that all necessary steps should be taken to ensure that air quality levels are not allowed to go into the severe category in the next one week.Teams for Clean Air Week compriseof the local SDM as the team leader, senior official from MoEFCC and representatives from CPCB, MCD and DPCC.

On Wednesday, despite a slight improvement due to winds, the air quality was still "severe" in many places.

"The coming days could see a sharp deterioration in air quality in Delhi-NCR", EPCA said.

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This is an unquantifiable set-back for the poor masses of South Africa, whose health and well-being deteriorates daily due to inhaling polluted air.

Parents should try to avoid household air pollution by using less polluting fuels for cooking and heating and not smoking but to reduce child exposure to ambient pollution they should need to lobby politicians to clean up the environment, World Health Organization experts said.

Burning of farmlands in neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan, use of older and more polluting vehicles and unfavorable weather conditions with low-speed winds which have failed to disperse pollutants, have all contributed to this alarming situation.

There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation in Delhi and other NCR districts. "These measures are being introduced keeping in mind the forecast and the need for emergency actions to combat pollution", said Bhure Lal, chairman of EPCA. He said out of 1.10 crore vehicles registered in Delhi, 40 lakh vehicles have been deemed de-registered.

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