Delhi pollution: No need to panic, it is not an emergency like Bhopal gas tragedy, says Harsh Vardhan

The air quality in the national capital showed marked improvement on Tuesday and was recorded as 'very poor', but a Supreme Court-appointed panel is not planning to lift the emergency measures such as ban on trucks and construction immediately.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 14, 2017 10:08 pm
Harsh Vardhan says Delhi pollution not an emmergency Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. (Source: PTI Photo)

Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has said there is no need to spread panic among the people over the present air pollution situation in Delhi, adding it is not like the Bhopal gas tragedy which was an “emergency”. The Delhi-NCR region has been under a thick blanket of smog over the last one week. Doctors have declared the situation as a ‘public health emergency’, while the government has taken a series of measures in view of high pollution levels.

“I am talking in practical terms. You see, what happened in Bhopal when there was a gas leak and hundreds of thousands of people fell acutely sick and had to be rushed to hospital. We call that an emergency situation where you have to panic and you have to see what you have to do. I am not saying we shouldn’t do anything about it (Delhi smog); everyone has to respond to what he is supposed to do. But there is no need to spread panic among the people,” the minister told News18.

The Bhopal gas leak of 1984 is considered the world’s worst industrial disaster where thousands of people died.

In a statement issued earlier by the environment ministry, Harsh Vardhan said, “The people of Delhi need not panic as several steps are being taken by the government to mitigate air pollution.”

He also emphasised that the air quality was improving.

The air quality in the national capital showed marked improvement on Tuesday and was recorded as ‘very poor’, but a Supreme Court-appointed panel is not planning to lift the emergency measures such as ban on trucks and construction immediately.

The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was 308, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category, following a week-long smog episode when pollutants shot up to emergency levels.

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  1. Jagdish Chander
    Nov 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    A great minister. How can he compare Bhopal gas leak tragedy with pollution emitted by vehicles and burning of cop remnants? Minister will be active and alert only when poison is leaked into air. Do not worry one will not die instantly but will die slowly and may live for few more years but with medical aid only. Only GOD can save this country as nothing is expected from the Govt.
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      Mathura
      Nov 16, 2017 at 8:52 am
      Tweaking with environment laws in the name of Vikas is DNA of Pradhan Chowkidar of Golmal Sarkar Today (GST). Entire North India has become Gas Chamber (VIKAS to VINASH) due to Tweaking with environment laws by Golmal Sarkar Today ( GST) . Only a month back Bombay high court saved one such attempt. The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court struck down a notification by the Centre that mandated relocating the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT’s) jurisdiction for Goa-related cases from Pune to New Delhi. In August, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) headed by Harsh Vardhan had issued a notification citing “lack of flight connectivity with Pune” and “absence of an office set-up in the Maharashtra town” as reasons for it to be relocated. Harsh Vardhan Ministry cited flimsy reason "Flight Connectivity" to make difficult the approach to NGT by the aggreved. He may be a Doctor by Qualification but surely is not a doctor who can improve human health of ordinary citizens of India.
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        Tauro
        Nov 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm
        Abssurd. This minister is a medical doctor. Bhopal accident killed many instantly. While the polluted toxic air will kill thousands slowly. How stupid to make such a statement. Slow death is worst than quick death.
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          rajveer
          Nov 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm
          This pollution also is because of 70 years of congress misrule, right so people deserve to choke. If they had voted the present govt earlier, Bharat would not have existed this long, so there will be no problems. right right right.
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            Arm
            Nov 15, 2017 at 12:52 pm
            Air pollution is like slow poison, dont worry government cannot find a solution too this problem, but they can link this to past failure and show us the situation is better. 2 lac rs is the base price for Indians will get insured.
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