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Kejriwal called an emergency meeting today to deal with air pollution in Delhi, SC asked the Center to handle the situation

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The air quality in the capital Delhi is also in the severe category on Saturday with the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching 499. In view of the situation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has called an emergency meeting today to deal with air pollution. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Environment Minister Gopal Rai and Delhi Chief Secretary will participate in this meeting.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Saturday said that emergency decisions need to be taken to control stubble pollution. I am requesting the Union Environment Minister. I think the citizens of Delhi should urge the Union Minister to call an emergency meeting through social media and take a decision. The central government should not shirk its responsibilities and do not keep silence.

The deteriorating air in Delhi is also making it difficult for people to breathe, causing more problems for children, the elderly and the sick, and increasing the number of patients in hospitals. Expressing concern over pollution, Dr. Suresh Kumar, MD, LNJP Hospital, Delhi today said that the level of pollution is a matter of great concern. This has increased the problems of the elderly, school going children, patients who have shortness of breath or those patients who have been covid before. There are patients coming to our ward who are having trouble breathing. Dr. Suresh said that there has been an increase in our patients by 10-15 percent. Among them, the number of patients with shortness of breath is high. After Diwali, such children are coming, who are having trouble in breathing.

At the same time, in view of the deteriorating situation due to air pollution in Delhi, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court. Hearing the petition on Saturday, the Supreme Court told the central government that you have to look at this issue beyond politics and government. There should be something that makes us feel better in two-three days. The court, while fixing November 15 for further hearing on the petition, has asked the Center to inform the court about the steps taken to control air pollution.

The Supreme Court told the Center that the air quality in Delhi is in the ‘severe’ category and it will go down further in the next 2 to 3 days, so take an emergency decision soon, we will see a long term solution later. Meanwhile, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that stubble can be a part of the problem, but is not the only reason.

Meanwhile, the court also asked the Delhi government what happened to its decision to set up smog towers and emission control projects. The court said that now it has become a fashion to curse the farmers, whether it is the Delhi government or anyone else. Firecrackers were banned, what happened to that? The Supreme Court has also expressed concern over the opening of schools by the Delhi government. The court said that you have opened all the schools in the capital and now the children are exposed to pollution. It is not the center but your jurisdiction, what is happening on that front?

Advice to people to limit outdoor activities

According to the information, there has been a toxic haze in the sky of Delhi since Saturday morning and the air quality reached the ‘severe’ category and the Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 499. Keeping in mind the health hazards from poor air quality, officials on Friday advised people to limit outdoor activities and asked government and private offices to cut the use of vehicles by at least 30 per cent as Delhi- Air quality in NCR has escalated to emergency level.

Stubble burning in over 4,000 fields contributed 35 per cent to Delhi’s pollution on Friday and the 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) level was recorded at 471 till 4 pm. The AQI was 411 on Thursday.

According to a sub-committee on ‘Graded Response Action Plan’ (GRAP), the meteorological conditions will remain highly unfavorable for the spread of pollutants till November 18 and the agencies concerned should be fully prepared to take steps under the ’emergency’ category.

The overall air quality index of Delhi was recorded at 473 at 10 am. According to SAFAR, the air quality index of Lodhi Road, Delhi University, IIT Delhi, Pusa Road-1 and Delhi Airport in Delhi was recorded at 489, 466, 474 and 480 and 504 respectively.

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

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