Supreme Court on Friday, appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) authority that declared a health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and shuts down all the schools till 5th November. It has also ordered a ban on all the construction activity in the city.
Air pollution suddenly reached to apocalyptic level due to stubble burning emissions from neighboring states like Haryana and Punjab. It has risen the pollution level by 46% on Friday which is considered to be the highest, this year. It is also believed that air pollution has struck a ‘severe-plus’ level due to the bursting of crackers in the winter season.
Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) chairman Bhure Lal in a letter to the chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh said that the air quality started deteriorating from Thursday night itself and strike ‘severe-plus’ level. He said, “We have to take this as a public health emergency as air pollution will have an adverse health impact on all, particularly our children.”
AQI level deteriorated further since Friday morning and increased by 50 points when the blanket of haze continued to thicken on the air of the Delhi-NCR region and overall air index strike to 459.
Chief Minister’s Call on the Matter:
Post declaration from EPCA about air pollution striking ‘severe-plus’ level Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a toll on the matter by shutting down all the schools till Tuesday. According to the official data of EPCA, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 1 pm on Friday was around 480 which falls under the ‘severe’ category.
Kejriwal tweeted and said “Delhi has turned into a gas chamber due to smoke from crop burning in neighboring states. It is very imp that we protect ourselves from this toxic air. Through Pvt & govt schools, we have started distributing 50 lakh masks today. I urge all Delhiites to use them whenever needed.”
He also met with EPCA chairman Bhure Lal assuring him to give all government cooperation in tackling the disaster and implementing the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
T20I Match Forecast:
With upcoming India’s T20I match against Bangladesh at Arun Jaitley Stadium, R Ashwin’s comment displays the team’s anxiety for this urgent health alarm in the city. His recent tweet seems to pose an ‘emergency’ for the match as well which is scheduled to be held at the city. Though he is not a part of this T20I match, he tweeted and said “The quality of air in Delhi is really scary, the oxygen we breathe is the basic requisite for mankind on this planet. This indeed is an emergency.”
However, the batting coach of the team Vikram Rathour brushed aside all the possibilities of scrapping the match saying that both the teams are preparing hard for the upcoming match.
In a nutshell, everyone needs to have awareness and restrict the activities so that it helps to surge this air emergency in Delhi.