While respiratory infections are routine in winter, cases have worsened this year, say doctors who added that many patients were taking longer than a week to recover.
According to data provided by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), PM2.5 and PM10 levels on Sunday were 36 and 64, respectively.
Three cities of Uttar Pradesh made it to the top ten most polluted cities of the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi being the most polluted city in the state.
“Most of the state governments are not providing any extra allowances or health facilities to the traffic police personnel,” the NHRC said in its statement
During the course of the hearing, the bench pointed out that cities like Raipur were more polluted than Delhi and asked the Ministry about the steps taken in this regard.
Regarding the issue whether on-board diagnostic (OBD) scanners could be made compulsory for vehicle pollution test centres in grade A cities like Delhi, the bench said it would consider this aspect on the next date of hearing.
Failure to check air pollution, India ranked 177 out of 180 countries in the Environmental Performance Index’s latest rankings released on Tuesday in Davos.
Manufacturers says units will start expansion to other states
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, said that the government has formulated the NCAP as a “long-term time-bound national level strategy”.
Rain and vehicle breakdowns also led to traffic jams across the city, with the Delhi Traffic Police’s Twitter handle receiving complaints from ISBT, Janpath, Vasant Kunj and Akshardham.
A linked editorial advocated not just policy change to tackle polluting vehicles, given the evidence of its effect on unborn babies and young children, but also personal protection, including, but not limited to, masks.
On January 18 this year, an RTI applicant Deepak Juneja had sought from the transport department information about the number of PUC certificates issued for different class of vehicles in Delhi.
The Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CECB) has served a notice to the project director of the NHAI for allegedly violating air pollution norms while constructing the four-lane highway connecting the two key cities.
Researchers found that air pollution can increase the risk of asthma in adults, even at low levels.
Public auctions to sell machines that weed out crop residue at a subsidised rate could help stop stubble burning. It will cost the agriculture ministry a fraction of its annual budget