Delhi Air Quality On The Brink Of Turning Severe, Say Authorities

05 November, 2018, 05:44 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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Wazirpur, Sonia Vihar and Ashok Vihar recorded "severe" quality air while 28 other areas recorded "very poor" quality air, according to the CPCB data.

Meanwhile in view of the increasing pollution, many schools in Delhi are closed, some have extended holidays. People have been advised to avoid morning or evening walks. The court order comes in the wake of rising pollution levels in the region. Tragically many of these children die, with as many as 6 lakh estimated to have perished in 2016 alone due to complication from an acute lower respiratory infection caused by dirty air, according to World Health Organization reports.

The Life After Coal Campaign has been working on issues of air pollution for many years and has particular health and climate change-related expertise.

At the meeting, the Union Minister said that the steps taken by Punjab and Haryana to curb the menace of stubble burning were "far from satisfactory". Numerous football players in the Delhi Dynamos team in the Indian Super League (ISL) have also reported sickness.

Authorities said the AQI of Delhi would remain in the upper range of the "very poor" category till November 5, and thereafter, it could see severe deterioration due to unfavourable meteorological conditions. Since we are used to training here, we don't have any major problems and we can cope with it but for foreign athletes, it might be a little more hard.

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Furthermore, a report by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, India, in 1997 reviewed on an Environmental situation that in Delhi over concerns of deteriorating conditions.

A Clean Air Week would be organised from 01 to05 November, 2018 in collaboration with the Government of Delhi and the four major NCR cities to control the air pollution. Thick layers of smog blankets can be seen across Delhi-NCR. Civil construction has also been suspended in Delhi and other NCR districts, besides closure of all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution. Generally, according to the global health literature about a quarter of all heart attack deaths and about a third of all deaths from stroke, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are due to air pollution exposures.

It had permitted the court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) to take pre-emptive steps under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) without strict adherence to pollution stages delineated in the plan.

Across 35 areas in Delhi where pollution is actively monitored, the average concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 was 221 and 408 microgrammes per cubic meters on Wednesday at 7 p.m., against 263 and 472 units on Tuesday.

CPCB chairperson S P Singh issued directions for construction agencies and said, "Failure to which will make the defaulting agencies and individuals liable to criminal prosecution which may be initiated by the CPCB under appropriate provision of the law".

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