Delhi air severely polluted since Diwali, MCD schools shut today

The Ministry of Environment and Forests also held a meeting with officials of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi, in which steps to control pollution were discussed.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2016 10:44 am
delhi, delhi air pollution, delhi pollution, delhi smog, pollution delhi, schools closed due to pollution, delhi mcd schools, mcd schools closed, pollution closes school, india news, indian express news Students of Blue Bells Model School, Gurgaon, attend classes on Friday. (Source: Manoj Kumar)

A day after some private schools in the Delhi-NCR region decided to shut down due to the spike in pollution levels, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) also decided to keep its schools shut on Saturday. Air in the city has been severely polluted since Diwali and many schools in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon declared holiday on Friday and Saturday. Most others cancelled outdoor trips and sports classes so that children don’t have to breathe polluted air during school hours. While MCD schools will be shut, Delhi government schools will remain open.

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Officials at the directorate of education also confirmed that the government did not plan to shut schools under it. Meanwhile, the Delhi government cabinet has asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to present a plan to tackle the prevailing air pollution by Monday. The cabinet also suggested that an expert agency be appointed to study the reasons for pollution and recommend remedial steps to counter it.

The Ministry of Environment and Forests also held a meeting with officials of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi, in which steps to control pollution were discussed. “We discussed various issues, including crop burning, dust pollution, landfill sites, building construction, vehicular pollution, industrial pollution. All states have taken various steps to control pollution. Last December, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had instructed states on 42 points. There were short, medium and long-term measures in that… PUC check points where fitness certificates are given need to be monitored. Around Delhi, brick kilns have to be reviewed,” said Environment Secretary A N Jha.

A statement issued by the ministry said all state governments had agreed to undertake sprinkling of water on dusty roads, introduce wet/mechanised vacuum sweeping of roads, maintain pothole-free roads and make open areas greener to reduce dust.

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    common man
    Nov 5, 2016 at 5:42 am
    We need to look out to a permanent solution to make Delhi a place worthy to live.lt;br/gt;We need to take several drastic steps in this regard.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Some of the steps can be:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Check/reduce Traffic jams/snarls :The traffic snarls/jams are biggest source of unnecessary / avoidable pollution and also guzzlers of huge amount of our scarce resource of fuel. These snarls/jams also waste large amount of manhours of public and make people ill due to stress/tensionlt;br/gt;These traffic snarls/jams are caused by hurdles such as narrow road stretches, potd/ poor maintained roads, encroachments, improper parking of vehicles on roads, mismanagement of traffic and even red lights.lt;br/gt;Govt need to take stern action to remove hurdles such as encroachment/parking on roads, widening of roads /construction of bridges/underp and making roads smooth shall contribute a lot in pollution reduction and scarce resource of fuel will be saved as added advantage.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Allowing Shared Auto/Taxi services: This will enable more pengers being carried in less number of vehicleslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Managing the originating penger/goods railway traffic from Delhi. lt;br/gt;a) No of trains originating from Railway Stations in Delhi should be reduced. These can be originated from satellite NCR railway stations such as Ghaziabad/Faridabad/Gurgaon etc.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;b) All VIP/long distance trains originating from railway stations in Delhi must have stoppage at NCR satellite stations such as Ghaziabad/Faridabad/Gurgaon, so that people from these areas need not have to travel to Delhi to catch the trains originating from Delhi.lt;br/gt;c) Goods trains not meant for Delhi should not enter Delhi and be diverted through alternate routes.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Decongesting Delhi: : It can be done by shifting the w trade from central Delhi to a new location by developing a Smart Integrated Business City with all facilities, say at the periphery of Delhi.lt;br/gt;The SMART Integrated Business city will have all the facilities needed for traders/buyers.lt;br/gt;a) Railway Station with spacious goods booking Centres.lt;br/gt;b) Interstate bus Terminuslt;br/gt;c) Metro rail/Bus service for local transportlt;br/gt;d) Enough Parking spaces for all traders, offices, Buyers/visitors, goods vehicles etc.lt;br/gt;e) Airport if possiblelt;br/gt;f) Hotels five star, budget /motels eateries, hawker sites etc.lt;br/gt;g) Post offices, banks, Licensing, s tax/ income tax offices, fire station etc.lt;br/gt;h) Residences for labourers/traders with school college parks and other utilities needed for residences.lt;br/gt;i) Godowns/warehouses and space for support industry.lt;br/gt;It will be a Well Designed Eco friendly Smart city, with Green buildings, 24x7 Power supply, Better Sanitation, Rainwater harvesting, All Drains covered, waste management system and no pollution.lt;br/gt;It will have following Benefitslt;br/gt;Better and pollution less Delhi lt;br/gt;a) The goods Traffic entering /exiting the congested Areas of Delhi shall be reduced.lt;br/gt;b) Penger traffic traders/buyers will be reduced.lt;br/gt;Better Tradelt;br/gt;a) The new Integrated Business City shall have spacious access to Fire fighting in case of emergencieslt;br/gt;b) The traders will have all facilities nearby, required for their business and their residential needs.lt;br/gt;c) The traders will get more spaces if needed for their growth/expansion.lt;br/gt;d) International buyers will have access to w market, boost international trade and exports will grow.lt;br/gt;The existing Traders in the w markets may be provided space equivalent to their existing holdings at concessional rates. Excess spaces may be provided at market rates.
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      abdul
      Nov 5, 2016 at 7:03 am
      @We discussed various issues, including crop burning, dust pollution, landfill sites, building construction, vehicular pollution, industrial pollution. All states have taken various steps to control pollution."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Is this pollution is triggered by Diwali? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. If yes, discuss and ponder over diwali celebrations. VEhicle, crop burning, building construction was there since years, why the pollution is only high "since diwali". lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2. If not, remove the word Diwali from your headlines which states that "Delhi air severely polluted since Diwali.."
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        Rishi
        Nov 5, 2016 at 6:06 am
        Why does Kejriwal not do a dharna against the sun God and the rain goes. lt;br/gt;Fadting unto death or till pms levels drop to acceptable levels.lt;br/gt;This is now the challange that Kejriwal / aap go into
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          KB
          Nov 5, 2016 at 8:04 am
          Will you shut your services if one year DIWALI is not celebrated but still pollution exists?
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            Mayur Panghaal
            Nov 5, 2016 at 6:15 am
            I guess the air is same all over delhi.SO whats the point BJP run MCD is trying to make ? Politics at its worst.
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