Asked about steps taken to tackle pollution in Delhi, Kejriwal said it is a very complex problem but the AAP government does not lack the political will to take measures to reduce pollution.
The LED panels display hourly AQI readings and the associated health advisories. For instance, an AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘Good’, 51-100 is considered ‘Satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘Moderate’, 201-300 ‘Poor’, 301-400 ‘Very Poor’ and 401-500 is considered ‘Severe.’
Vardhan said that the Union government will coordinate a joint campaign, for two weeks, with the Delhi government, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and other municipal agencies
The teams will be provided with check-lists so that there is focused activity on mitigation of pollution, including effective measures for dust mitigation, solid waste management and prevention of garbage burning.
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The members also asked the government to refrain from putting the blame on farmers for causing pollution by burning stubble or husk after harvest and suggested steps to help the farmers for proper disposals of this agriculture residue.
Expressing displeasure over the connivance of officials of municipal corporations in allowing industrial units in residential and non-conforming areas, the bench asked the bodies to conduct an inquiry and inform the court.
The proposed plan, officials said, has two components – a constructive plan with specific targets, which officials aim to start from January 2018 and will continue till the target are reached.
The Air Quality Index on Thursday read 194 at 4 pm, putting the air in the ‘moderate’ range. It was 282 on Wednesday, which falls in the ‘poor’ category.
The Delhi Air Pollution: Health and Effects (DAPHNE) project, a collaboration involving nine universities from India and the UK, will use tiny sensors over four years to map air quality.
The city is expected to see light rain Wednesday, which might bring momentary relief from the high pollution levels, IMD officials said.
Citing World Bank studies, Tharoor said 8.5 per cent of the country’s GDP was affected by the “damage caused by air pollution”. The white paper was prepared by the All India Professionals’ Congress (AIPC) — a wing of the Congress party.
Doctors told The Indian Express that the deteriorating air condition is exposing the traffic police — already hassled with their stressful lifestyle — to respiratory problems.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the AAP government to file the action plan within the next 48 hours even as the government sought more time.
The message from the cricket field only underlines the urgency: Delhi must clean up its air.