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Is lockdown the only way to control pollution? Delhi government started preparations, called a meeting of Metro and DTC officials

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Air Pollution in Delhi: Delhi is moving towards the government to avert the respiratory crisis caused by air pollution. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will hold a meeting with Delhi Metro and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) officials today. In view of the pollution crisis, discussions will be held on strengthening public transport and increasing the number of trips to Metro and DTC.

Gopal Rai, while emphasizing the need for a joint action plan, said that we have told the Supreme Court that we are ready for lockdown, but it is possible only if there is a lockdown in NCR areas as well. We are ready to take all measures with the Center and the states. Whatever direction the Supreme Court gives will be followed. Rai had said on Sunday that his department has issued a notification for effective implementation of emergency measures announced by the government to tackle air pollution. He also said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is contemplating on the imposition of lockdown and its modalities in view of increasing air pollution in the national capital.

In fact, the Delhi government has told the Supreme Court on Monday that it is ready to impose a complete lockdown to reduce pollution in the capital. In the 26-page affidavit by the Delhi government, information has been given about the measures being taken to reduce pollution and protect the environment.

Ahead of the hearing on the air pollution case in Delhi-NCR, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said in an affidavit in the Supreme Court that it is ready to take steps like a complete lockdown to control air pollution. Is. However, the Delhi government said such a move would prove meaningful only if it is implemented in the NCR areas of neighboring states as well.

Following the order of the Supreme Court on November 13, the AAP government gave detailed information about the other measures taken so far, including the closure of all schools for a week. The government has also informed about setting up of modern plants in the Connaught Place area to clean the air and make people aware about protecting the environment.

Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category

Delhi’s air quality remained in the ‘very poor’ category for the second consecutive day on Monday with the air quality index (AQI) recorded at 342. The AQI in Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon and Noida was recorded at 9:05 am at 328, 340, 326 and 328 respectively. Delhi’s air quality showed slight improvement on Sunday, though it remained in the ‘very poor’ category.

The 24-hour average AQI was recorded in the capital Delhi on Sunday, which was 473 on Saturday. This improvement was seen in Haryana and Punjab with significantly less cases of stubble burning in the fields.
It is noteworthy that an AQI of zero to 50 is ‘good’, 51 to 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 to 200 ‘moderate’, 201 to 300 ‘poor’, 301 to 400 ‘very poor’ and Between 401 and 500 is considered ‘severe’.

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