Pollution Emergency In Delhi, Air Quality ‘Very Poor’, Ban On These Things

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New Delhi : Experts in Delhi are saying that the coronavirus with haze and pollution is going to be even more dangerous. The situation is that the emergency of pollution has come into force in Delhi NCR from October 15. It has been named as GRAP i.e. Graded Response Action Plan.

On the very first day of the implementation of GRAP, Air Quality Index (AQI) 370 was registered in Delhi’s Vivek Vihar area, which is a very bad situation. At the same time, 285 AQIs were registered on ITO, 243 in RK Puram, 259 in Anand Vihar. Under the action plan, diesel generators have been banned in the NCR.

The politics has started regarding the parali burning in Punjab and Haryana for increasing pollution level in Delhi. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the contribution of Parali to the high level of pollution in Delhi is a few per cent, while in Delhi, CM of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has asked that if only 4 per cent pollution has increased from Parali then in the last fortnight then how did the level suddenly increase, while there was no major change in the local causes of pollution.

PWD fined 20 lakhs
Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai directed the Delhi Government’s Public Works Department (PWD) to impose a fine of Rs 20 lakh. The department has been fined for violating guidelines related to dust control during construction of a drain near Burari police station. Rai said, ‘Despite strict instructions from the Delhi government, the agency continued to openly violate the dust control rules. I have issued instructions to impose a fine of Rs 20 lakh on the PWD.’

In Delhi-NCR on Thursday, the air quality in the entire region remained ‘very poor’ with the fog. The air quality index (AQI) 315 was recorded in the metropolis at 11:10 am. Earlier this year, the very poor level of air quality was in February. Rai said that the Delhi government is making all efforts to reduce the level of pollution.

Photographs taken by NASA’s artificial satellite have revealed parali burning in large-scale fields in Amritsar, Patiala, Taran Taaran and Ferozepur in Punjab and Ambala and Rajpura in Haryana. The Air Quality Early Warning System of the Ministry of Earth Sciences said that its impact on the air quality of the capital is currently low.

A senior scientist from the India Meteorological Department said that the reason for the deterioration in air quality may be the decrease in wind speed, due to which pollutants accumulate in the air. Various anti-pollution measures are taken under GRAP in Delhi and its surrounding areas. It was notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to be implemented in 2017 through the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority established by the Supreme Court.

Measures to be taken under GRAP include increase in bus and metro services for traffic of people, increase in parking fee and ban diesel generators if air quality deteriorates. The Delhi government on Wednesday issued directions to implement anti-air pollution measures under the GRAP, including banning electricity generators at places other than essential services such as hospitals and railways.

Delhi’s Energy Minister Satyendra Jain has requested the Central Government to close 13 coal-fired power plants within 300 km of Delhi. The Central Pollution Control Board has also said that it has formed 50 teams, which will monitor those who violate the factors and norms of air pollution during winter.

AQI between zero and 50 is ‘good’, between 51 and 100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 is ‘medium’, 201 and 300 is ‘bad’, 301 and 400 is ‘very bad’ and 401 and 500 are considered ‘serious’.

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