Delhi pollution: Sadly, Arvind Kejriwal’s emergency plan is old and ineffective

The CM has ordered schools to remain shut for three days and halted construction of roads for five days.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 6, 2016 5:10 pm
air pollution, delhi air pollution, ngt delhi air pollution, ngt aap govt, aap government air pollution, aam aadmi party air pollution, air pollution in delhi, national green tribunal air pollution, indian express news A cyclist rides on a road enveloped by smoke and smog, on the morning following Diwali festival in New Delhi. A new report from UNICEF says about a third of the 2 billion children in the world who are breathing toxic air live in northern India and neighboring countries, risking serious health effects including damage to their lungs, brains and other organs. (AP Photo)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced emergency measures for reducing the alarming air pollution levels in the Capital. However, the steps announced seem too little too late. One can recall the orders given last winters by the Supreme Court to reduce air pollution in the city and the chief minister has mostly repeated the same steps without invoking the odd-even plan. The same measures were not implemented properly last year and it seems unlikely that the situation will improve this time.

Kejriwal has chosen to order selective implementation of these orders and not throughout the city like on non-PWD roads–some of which are controlled by the NHAI and others by MCDs, both under the BJP at the Centre and municipal level.

The CM has ordered schools to remain shut for three days and halted construction of roads for five days. Sprinkling of roads is also another step that is announced and vacuum cleaning is supposed to start from November 10 — the Supreme Court had ordered the same before imposing a Diesel ban as well.

However, no visible action was seen on the ground. The vacuum cleaners were supposed to have been acquired last year, but they were nowhere to be seen. As for immediate redressal, vacuum cleaning should have been started much before, at least before things took a turn for the worse. The Supreme Court had instructed the government to ensure that dust from construction sites is curbed from spreading into surrounding areas. The administration has failed here too.

Read: Delhi Pollution: This is how Arvind Kejriwal plans to smother the smog; Odd-Even may return

Medical experts have revealed that the air pollution related medical cases have more than doubled in the Capital over the last few weeks peaking after Diwali. The PM10 and PM2.5 levels have remained around 3-4 times over Indian prescribed danger limits. The levels reached 14-15 times higher the morning following Diwali on October 30 and the situation has since worsened. The government’s air quality monitoring bodies have indexed Delhi’s air as hazardous over the past 10 odd days.

Delhi government has argued that the pollution causes were present before Diwali as well but the “gas chamber”-like situation is a result of pollutants coming in from Delhi’s surrounding states like Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan due to seasonal crop stubble burning. The relentless burning of crackers on Diwali amplified the pollution levels in Delhi and cold weather conditions have impeded the dissipation of the smog.

Construction activities have also been halted for five days along with banning the use of diesel generator sets. The Badarpur Power Plant has also been shut down for a few days. Burning of dry leaves will be monitored by an app, said the CM, though it is unclear how the app will stop open burning of waste and leaves.

Delhi government needs to come up with solid measures and a daily action plan to address the issue and also form emergency protocols like shutting down certain operations in the city and taking off certain vehicles from roads when air pollution hits the danger marks. The movement till now has been lethargic and after a troublesome last few winters, the government should have ideally been ready with a plan by now.

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    Citizen kane
    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:43 am
    Lets be thankful atleast he got some time to actually look into these matters. He is a busy man chasing modi and rahul. Thank you arvind kejriwal for your plan. Our environment rejoices on hearing your plan. M sure we'll have clear skies in a day or two. The environment will understand.
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      Chandu Shah
      Nov 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm
      Craziwal and Aaptards are not there
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        Modi.team.member
        Nov 6, 2016 at 4:42 pm
        As a Modi team member I am so happy that IE(today I don't consider IE as anti-national) brought out this.
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          Bharat
          Nov 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm
          AK, we love u .. the way u are giving the importance to pollution education health .. god bless you .. keep doong the hard work and dont worry ur work is praised by west countires as well ..
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            Bharat
            Nov 6, 2016 at 1:15 pm
            Centre still sleeping !!! This issue need to be solved with the help of every state not only Dehli ..
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              Bharat
              Nov 6, 2016 at 3:22 pm
              Elections are near ..by reviewing below comments i can see BJP it cell resume the work .. apna kam bantaa bhaadh main jaaye jantaa the funda of centre govt !!
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                Atis Mitra
                Nov 6, 2016 at 11:58 am
                The tragedy of our legal actions is seen through the unscientific decision of banning more than 10 year old diesel cars without looking at the fuel and maintainance aspects- yet we proclaim to be aspiring for a seat in security council as a developed( in numerial numbers or scientific brains?) law-abiding nation!
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                  Akshit
                  Nov 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                  Delhi the Deadly Capital.... summers- dengue chikengunia andwinters- smog
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                    Arvind
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm
                    Arvind Kejriwal poluted both Indian Politics and also Delhi polluted by his selfishness and hunger for power that is why he is roaming Punjab and Goa where embly election will held soon.He is irresponsible and careless CM ever seen since Independence.
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                      Morphine
                      Nov 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                      Tughlaq like only sabse bada Tugjlaq
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                        guru592006
                        Nov 6, 2016 at 11:37 am
                        Yes. Soon we will see posters, big flex banners, radio messages bearing the photo of kejriwal warning Delhi people about pollution. These posters will appear in all the states and Advt will be released in major states across the country, especially Goa and put jablt;br/gt; Delhi govt will spend a small amount of 1000 crore on these activities.
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                          jan
                          Nov 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm
                          Dear editor please tell ur good idea
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                            Himanshu Chaudhary
                            Nov 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm
                            Yes his work is praised by specifically one country to our west and everyone knows which country is that.
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                              santosh
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm
                              What is your plan?
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                                kris kumar
                                Nov 6, 2016 at 5:54 pm
                                What plan Khujriwal had to control poluttion in Delhi? How can a polluted party like AAPxxrd can control pollution? Khujriwal a nautanki anarchist can only bark and defame others with out any evidence and still gets away. I am afraid Delhi voters are going to suffocate for at least two more months as the pollution is not going to come down. Had Khujriwal any brain or skill to sort out the problems Delhi voters have been facing for years he would have set up a plan long time ago before winter set in? But this mad dog Khujriwal runs around all over India and puts his nose in other people affairs but has no time for Delhi problem. He thinks he is the PM of India.
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                                  Manohar Sharma
                                  Nov 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                                  AAP (An Anti-national Party) of stan.
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                                    Manohar Sharma
                                    Nov 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                                    If this kanjriwal keeps his mouth shut for a week, 50% of the pollution in Delhi will go away. Shame on Kanjriwal.
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                                      Manohar Sharma
                                      Nov 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm
                                      Kanjriwal has no time for the people of Delhi.
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                                        Mayur Panghaal
                                        Nov 6, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                                        The basic truth of life is ....Every economic activity is the art of taking a natural resource and turning it into garbage.lt;br/gt;Want the pollution to stop ?? Go back to the stone age.
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                                          R.Mehta
                                          Nov 6, 2016 at 2:43 pm
                                          Considering that after Diwali ,pollution level increases,people should be made aware of harms of using crackers on festivals and there shohld be total ban on and use of crackers.The Diwali and other festivals can be celebrated without use of crackers also ,which is in the interest of people in long run.Crop burning in nearby states should be discussed and some solution found so that ,it does not add to pollution in Delhi.Odd -even scheme earlier also did not give any result regarding control in pollution and is of no help. Sprinkling of roads with water is of no use ,unlesz dust is removed from the roads ,as the vehicles and flow of wind carry dust with it and .thus it may ultimately have no effect.Some tips and solutions should be taken from other countries for long run ,as to how there is no dust even after so much construction activity and large number of vehicles ,to control the pollution in the city.
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                                            Mohan
                                            Nov 6, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                                            Promote suicides by announcing Rs 1 crore reward ! That's all he is capable of doing - your Arjun Tragedywal !
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