Principal Secretary to PM reviews steps taken to curb air pollution

Principal Secretary to PM reviews steps taken to curb air pollution

IMAGE: A policewoman wears a mask to protect herself from air pollution at a junction during restrictions on private vehicles based on registration plates on a smoggy morning in New Delhi.

Authorities said nearly 1.2 million registered vehicles in New Delhi will be off the road every day during the two-week restrictions.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi's air quality index dropped from 365 at 9.45 am to 331 at 3.45 pm today.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel urged greater efforts to clean up New Delhi's toxic air as she pledged one billion euros to help Indian cities switch to green transport. In addition, classes have been canceled at New Delhi schools, and authorities have declared a public emergency.

But it can causes big problems for air pollution.

Life expectancy of people living in the Indo-Gangetic Plain has reduced by up to seven years due to poor air quality, found a study by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, released last week.

This measure, which is of doubtful and very limited impact on cutting air pollution, kicked in almost a week after the entire north of India, not just the capital, was transformed into a giant, open-air gas chamber, with extremely toxic fumes asphyxiating the nearly half a billion people that live in the region. The highest court docket ordered an instantaneous and full cease to stubble burning by farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, blamed for 46 per cent of the air pollution.

"In the last couple of weeks, stubble burning has played an important role, something of the order of about 40%, but I do think the Delhi Chief Minister is overstating the role that the farmers play and understating the role that polluters within Delhi play..."

Vehicle and industrial emissions, pollutants from firecrackers, and construction dust sharply increase each winter, exacerbating what is already a public health crisis.

To curb air pollution, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi has announced the implementation of the Odd-Even scheme from November 4 to till November 15, 2019.

To try and tackle the air pollution, drivers can only use certain cars and vehicles at certain times.

Few also questioned the government for not exempting vehicles that run on CNG.

The court said it will not tolerate this and will fix liability on the state governments.

Anything above 400 on the AQI poses a risk for people with respiratory illness and can also affect even those with healthy lungs. It also banned all construction and demolition activities along with burning of garbage and waste in Delhi-NCR in the region.

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