Delhi pollution: Expert advice on how to tackle toxic air pollution in NCR

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the city as a "toxic gas chamber".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2016 4:04 pm
Indians take selfies at a public park enveloped by thick smog in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. According to one advocacy group, government data shows that the smog that enveloped New Delhi this past week was the worst in the last 17 years. The concentration of PM2.5, tiny particulate pollution that can clog lungs, averaged close to 700 micrograms per cubic meter. That's 12 times the government norm and a whopping 70 times the WHO standards. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) Civilians take selfies at a public park enveloped by thick smog in New Delhi, India, Saturday, November 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

A week after Diwali, air quality in Delhi has plummeted further with no signs of improvement due to the unfavourable weather conditions such as reduced air movement and high humidity. The thick layer toxic smog has put Delhi under its grip and many residents have complained of a burning sensation in their eyes and throat. According to recent data collected from System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the pollution levels are still ‘severe’ with PM 2.5 at 355 and PM 10 at 482. According to the body, the forecast for the next three days is still expected to be ‘poor’. Meanwhile, the sale of gas masks  and air purifiers has seen a massive bump.


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who described the city as a “toxic gas chamber”, called for a cabinet meeting on Sunday afternoon to discuss the issue. Delhi cabinet minister Satyendra Jain, in an interview to ANI, said that the crop burning in nearby states is the main contributor of the pollution, while many are blaming the burning of crackers during the festive season.

Given the deteriorating situation in Delhi, health experts are suggesting the government to put a stop to all the construction activity in the city till the ’emergency’ situation is resolved. According to experts, apart from construction, factories and industries operating in residential and unauthorised areas, without any certification of clearance on pollution, must be shut down so that the civilians in the nearby region are not harmed by possible harmful effluents. The experts are also suggesting shutting down of power plants in the city.

To ensure that vehicles plying in the city do not cause traffic jams, the experts are suggesting that both private and government offices and schools must be directed to stagger their working hours and government should introduce a vehicle restriction program in the city as soon as possible. According to them, the citizens should also be provided with a detailed health advisory with strict dos and don’ts.

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:59 am
    Kejri is such an that no body wants to attend his meeting or even listen to him. His mouth is a stinking gutter. He has no decency. He shows his bad upbringing within minutes. Nothing will happen as long as he is there. Moreover all his other AAPs hv developed similar loose charector and cannot discuss even more than one minute on any issue.............................we are expecting too much from a naxal anarchist
    1. D
      Nov 6, 2016 at 10:06 am
      Tinpot socialist Kejri has no vision for Delhi. His unimplementable and irrational solutions can't solve a serious issue like air polltion in Delhi. He has to sit with CMs of Punjab,Haryana and invest in projects related to composting,biogas etc. He is such a man who can blame but not cooperate. AAP govt is indiscriminately giving licences of autos in Delhi. It has to be checked but he won't as autowalas are his core votebank. Autos pollute a lot. You need a man who can take hard decisions but populist Kejri can not do that. He is not focusing on vacuum cleaning because if it is done,people will praise MCD. He is more concwrned about votes and not people's health. As long as Kejri is there,it seems difficult to solve this problem. It's wrong to blame him for pollution but his dirty politcs is definitely our health. We are living in a dangerous environment.
      1. J
        Nov 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm
        Its time for Lt. Governor Najeeb Junglt;br/gt; to take serious actions towards helping his people, this is becoming a environmental disaster. whats next lt;br/gt;and in flow of refugees from New Delhi into other areas. or worse migration to who knows where. SMH
        1. M
          Nov 6, 2016 at 11:03 am
          Why the govt has not banned bursting of crackers. We can still hear sounds of crackers from nearby places coz of Chhat . Very disappointing and frustrating to see that govt has not taken any action in spite of such a critical situation (emergency). We should stop such activities if we come across one. We have to work together for saving the environment.
          1. P
            Prasun Das
            Nov 6, 2016 at 8:19 am
            Arvind se kuch nehi ho payega. Let the experts say what needs to be done and let the public and administration follow what they say.
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