Air Pollution Haunts Delhi For 4th Day In a Row
Editorials News | Dec-27-2018
Air pollution in Delhi NCR still continue for the fourth consecutive day till yesterday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Odd and Even scheme can be reintroduced in the capital in case need arises. Delhi is facing bad air pollution crisis since Diwali.
On 21st December 2018, the Quality of Air got “severe”. Then on 22nd December, 2018 the capital recorded the second highest pollution level this year, Air Quality of index or AQI of 450 from the last four days. AQI is measured by many numbers, between 0 to 50 is considered as “Good”, between 50 to 100 “Satisfactory”, from 101 to 200 is Moderate, between 201 to 300 “Poor”, from 301 to 400 is “Very Poor” and between 401 to 500 is “severe”. Anything which is above 500 is considered to be Hazardous.
Government has taken steps by shutting down all industrial hot spots like Wazirabad , Bawana, Narela, Mundka, Shibabad and construction work in Delhi - NCR remains shut down till 26th December, 2018 due to the severe air pollution in the national capital. C.K. Mishra Union Environment Secretary said, “temporary phase" caused by unfavourable meteorological conditions and insisted that measures to tackle it were on "full swing".
There has been increase in many patients with respiratory problem and suffering from cardiac arrest during months when air pollutants are very high said by the Director of AIIMS, Dr. Randeep Guleria. He mentioned in his talk that studies should be conducted by the authorities about the impact of pollution on public health and how one can take measures to not get infected by the air pollutants. The overall PM is about 2.5 levels, Particulate Matter in the air with diameter of 2.5 was recorded at 396 and PM of 10 Level at 533 here, said
According to the health advisory, SAFAR [System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research] has asked citizens of Delhi do not depend on the dust mask for protection. Avoid all outdoor activities like walking or talking etc. If you have windows at your place keep them closed. Try to get fresh air as much as possible from the air conditioner if it gives fresh air, avoid burning woods, plastic, candle. The Advisory also recommended sprinkling water on sidewalks and wearing N- 95 mask or P 100 Respirators only for outdoor activities.
By: Lakshender S. Angras