What Is It That's Causing Delhi's Bad Air Quality?

  • What Is It That's Causing Delhi's Bad Air Quality?

What Is It That's Causing Delhi's Bad Air Quality?

Defending claims that stubble burning is the sole reason for Delhi's air pollution and not the city's traffic conditions or industries, CM Arvind Kejriwal reportedly blamed the Centre for not giving adequate machinery to the farmers in Punjab and Haryana. However, with sharp rise in major pollutants and Delhi's PM2.5 at 247 and PM10 at 448 microgrammes per cubic meters, the quality turned severe as it crossed the 400 mark.

The National Clean Air for Children Programme, launched last week by the Clean Air Parents' Network and supported by environmental law organisations ClientEarth and the British Lung Foundation, calls for £153m of funding to protect babies and children from the harmful effects of air pollution. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has banned construction activities in the city between November 1 and November 10. On its part, the Delhi government on Wednesday said it is "fully prepared" to implement the emergency plan.

Despite various measures focussed on Delhi, air quality has deteriorated again this winter and is likely to worsen in coming days with the threat of a partial shutdown of the capital looming large.

As per AQI, PM 2.5 is at 228 (poor) & PM 10 at 273 (poor) in Lodhi Road area. According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), air quality will remain in the adverse category for the next few days. Media reports said Bhure Lal, the chairperson of the Environment Pollution Control Authority, has warned that the authority may ban all private vehicles if the pollution level does not come down to the permissible level.

Following the direction from the EPCA, the DPCC notified Delhi Development Authority, Navratna Central Public Sector, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Delhi Transport Corporation, National Highway Authority of India, India Meteorological Department, New Delhi Municipal Council, South Delhi Municipal Council, East Delhi Municipal Council and Public Works Department to enforce these measures. If the AAP continues to be in slumber, then sadly all of us in Delhi will have to wear a #Mask4Life.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed the state pollution control bodies of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to start criminal prosecution against agencies or individuals who do not comply with directives to check air pollution.

On the closing of the three-day global conference on air pollution and health by the World Health Organization, Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO said that the every human is entitled to breathe clean air. Gurugram recorded AQI at 336, Faridabad at 359, Noida at 333, and Ghaziabad at 325. "Although upper air winds where transport takes place are from stubble burning site but speed and magnitude is low and hence unlikely to impact Delhi air quality significantly", it added.

The CPCB has on Thursday put up guidelines for the public to file complaints of air pollution in Delhi-NCR on its social media page, website, and through its mobile application.