The 15-day ‘Clean Air for Delhi’ awareness campaign will see 70 teams of five members each fan out into every Assembly constituency. The teams will monitor sources of pollution and penalise polluters.
Though Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not spell out specifics of the scheme in the Union Budget 2018, official sources said the Centre was likely to offer a 50% subsidy on equipment required to be installed.
Repeated attempts have been made to encourage farmers to switch to non-polluting technology that can help manage paddy stubble, however, it is a cost that is impossible for small farmers to take on without state support.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the fall in the levels of PM has also got to do with the fact that the AAP government, “unlike its neighbouring counterparts”, sincerely enforced measures under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
The affidavit stated that the “air quality did worsen during Diwali and symptoms of… increased coughing, relatively more hospital visits, increased noise levels and high metal levels in urine do reflect adverse impact of firecracker bursting”.
A senior Bureaucrat said the city needs around 11,000 buses as against the existing fleet which is barely 5,000. In this context, scrapping the BRT corridor was akin to “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”.
The 2017 also saw the ruling AAP change its strategy of directly attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi after multiple poll reverses and instead focused its charge on the BJP as a whole.
EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal has asked Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan to intensify ground-level action to tackle the severely polluted air.
At 1:00 pm on Thursday, the AQI was registered to be 403 in New Delhi, 476 in Agra, 437 in Lucknow, 343 in Gurugram and 473 in Varanasi.
Anti-smog gun is a device that sprays atomised water into the atmosphere to reduce air pollution
According to the SAFAR forecast, the air quality might reach the very poor category again on Thursday and Friday as a dip in wind speed is expected.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) advisory says that exposure to very poor air quality for a prolonged period can cause respiratory illnesses.
According to SAFAR, the next two days could see a drop in air quality.
The Air Quality Index (AQI), calculated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), was 352 on a scale of 500
AAP Delhi convener Gopal Rai also said the fares were hiked without taking into account the impact it would have on people.