In a video released on social media, Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the Chief Ministers of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana to give their time to solve the issue of air pollution in North India.
On Tuesday morning, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded pollution levels in Delhi at 397 which is in the “very poor” category. Data from the Anand Vihar observatory at 8 am showed the PM 2.5 level at 474 while PM 10 was at 428. The quality, however, slightly improved since Monday due to rising wind speeds.
In his appeal to the government, the off-spinner said, “I want to speak about the pollution in North India. We all are a cause for it, including me. We drive cars and burn fuel and cause harm to the environment. We have learnt over the last few years that fodder burning also causes a lot of pollution.”
“It is harmful for every child, anyone residing in those areas. We have also learnt that our life expectancy will reduce by around 10 years,” he said.
“I want to request PM Narendra Modi and request the Chief Ministers of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana to meet with PM Modi. Keeping in mind everyone, including the farmers and every living being, the leaders should chalk out a plan that benefits everyone. I would request this meeting to happen quickly,” he said.
“PM Modi, please give your time to this and guide us how we can make India clean as well as healthy. We will also contribute in whatever way we can in order to keep our environment healthy,” he stated.
Here’s the video released by the cricketer:
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 4, 2019
Last week, the National Capital Region air quality index (AQI) was in the “severe plus” category as some places recorded peak pollution in the range of 999.