Delhi Govt. is all set to submit a lockdown proposal to SC amid rising air pollution. Read further to know the details.
By Gulshan Parveen
Although we are aware of the fact that Delhi is the most polluted city in the world and after the cheerful celebration of the festive season, it has crossed the tolerance capacity of its people. Dr. Suresh Kumar (Medical Director) on November 14, 2021, revealed that Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital of Delhi has seen a 10 percent growth in patients- who are suffering from respiratory problems due to pollution. “Air pollution has become a major issue post-Diwali. Elderly people and children are the main victims of the pollution,” he stated.
As we know, Delhi’s air quality reaches an extreme level every year due to emissions from transport, coal-fired plants outside the city, and other industries, including open garbage burning and dust. However, on November 15, the national capital saw a slight improvement in the air quality- but continued to struggle for fresh air as the AQI remained in the ‘very poor’ category. According to the SAFAR (System of Air forecasting and Research), Delhi’s overall air quality index on Sunday was at 318. This is to be noted that an AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’ and 401 and 500 is considered as ‘severe’.
The authorities of Delhi Govt. has said that they will submit a lockdown proposal to the Supreme Court today itself to reduce further pollution. It is to be noted that the court on Saturday has termed the rise in pollution level as an ‘Emergency Situation’- and also suggested imposing a lockdown in the capital.
Simultaneously, the Delhi government has strictly announced the closure of physical classes in schools and colleges, along with educational institutions for a week from Monday- with a hope to protect children from a polluted environment.
Mr. Gopal rai, Environment Minister of Delhi Govt. explained that their main motive behind adopting all these emergency measures is to reduce vehicular and dust pollution in the city. Meanwhile, under the containing measures, the Govt. is also planning to sprinkle 400 water tankers in the state to settle the dust and particles on the surface. The government has assured to complete the work of spraying bio-decomposer solutions for stubble decomposition in 4,000 acres of fields by November 20. The Kejriwal government has also suggested shutting down diesel generator sets and coal kilns in Delhi, increasing parking fees and the frequency of metro & bus, etc., to reduce the pollution as much as possible.
Health Specialists added that the high level of PM 2.5 particles at this time can lead to lung infections, irritation in the eyes, and respiratory problems that can be a life-threatening situation for patients suffering from the same.
The future decisions are not predictable, but there are certain measures that we can implement to protect ourselves in this hazardous situation. Always remember to wear a double mask whenever stepping out of the house. Try to avoid unnecessary outings and using of vehicles as they are the major reason of air pollution in the surrounding. If possible, adopt car-pooling and use of public transports. Of course, it’s our responsibility to take care of our health in this scenario and support our government to make the rules & regulations more successful.
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