Instead of engaging in "false propaganda" about the quality of the city's schools and hospitals to further his political agenda in Haryana, the Delhi BJP on Tuesday said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should try to seek a solution to air pollution in the Capital.
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According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality index value in Delhi-NCR was at 408 with the major air pollutants being PM 2.5 and PM 10 being at 266 and 405 respectively on an average. Also, we sanctioned a large phase of Metro...
The apparent lack of concern about the toxic air among ordinary folk gives federal and local politicians the cover they need for failing to address the problem, say pollution activists and social scientists.
According to the SAFAR, the overall air quality in Delhi is expected to remain in "severe" range until December 25.
He convened a high-level meeting here to review the implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), which was mandated by the Supreme Court to combat and mitigate air pollution in Delhi in view of the prevailing meteorological conditions in the whole of northern India.
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"Recovery got delayed mainly due to slowing of wind speed leading to persistence of fog which rapidly multiplied finer particles leading to rapid increase in PM2.5 and even PM1 (fine particulate matter in the air with a diameter of less than 1 micrometer)", the SAFAR said.
He asked all the stakeholder departments and agencies to remain prepared to take mandated actions under the "very poor" and the "severe/ severe plus" categories of air quality index in Delhi. In NCR, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Greater Noida and Noida recorded "very poor" air quality.
A Delhi government official blamed the pollution for lighter-than-usual traffic on already holiday-thinned streets, while a Delhi airport official said some domestic and worldwide flights were delayed for up to two hours due to poor visibility.
Dahiya also said the government should immediately close down schools and urge people to curtail outdoor activities given the serious health effects of the current pollution levels.
Pollution levels in Delhi are likely to improve as wind speed and ventilation index are marginally favourable for dispersion of pollutants, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology has said. "Until the centre takes steps, nothing can not be done", Kejriwal said.
"It is just that dispersal (of pollutants) is not happening because of the meteorological conditions". The index was 5500 sqm/second Wednesday, the IITM said.