Delhi: Residents choke with hazy dust; air quality remains 'very poor'

Sunday, 04 Nov, 2018

A Defra spokesperson said, 'While air quality in the United Kingdom has improved significantly since 2010, we understand the risk it continues to pose to human health, and realise more needs to be done.

"Indoor air pollution, though not frequently discussed, is no less harmful than outdoor pollution". We have to act immediately to control this menace, otherwise the health consequences will be disastrous.

The permissible limit for PM2.5 and PM10 is 60 and 80 units by national standards and 25 and 50 units by worldwide standards.

The authority is strongly concerned about air pollution and is taking every possible measure to combat it; CPCB is also taking complaints related to air pollution through Twitter and Facebook. Despite this, the National Department of Health remains completely absent from this process. "Strikingly, the effects of noise were independent from air pollution exposure".

The conference was organised by WHO in collaboration with UN Environment, World Meteorological Organization, Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, UN Economic Commission for Europe, the World Bank and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Although AAQS are meant to be health-based, there are no safe levels of exposure to several pollutants.

"Air quality is likely to deteriorate on November 3 as a result of post westerly disturbances which are likely to hit over Western Himalayas today", SAFAR said.

An EPCA member had on Tuesday said in case of further deterioration of air quality, they are even contemplating regulating the use of private vehicles from November 1.

"At present the air is really bad, Wear the Mask". He has directed all officials to take strict action if required.

Establish a new multi-stakeholder Global Energy-Health Platform of Action to achieve power of health workers to be agents of change. Moreover, he informed that, as a measure to solve the problem, 35 air-filter equipped buses, "Bus Pariyantra", was going to be launched on the same day which will roam around Delhi.

The programme has received the backing of more than 60 MPs, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband and former Conservative minister Maria Miller.

An official said there was a special focus on the regions recording "severe" quality air and teams deployed to monitor violations were conducting inspections at various such sites to check incidents of garbage or industrial waste burning. We are talking about putting at risk a new generation of having a reduced IQ. "This is frightening. With this unique installation, we hope to show people the reality of what's happening to their lungs", said Dr Arvind Kumar, founder trustee, Lung Care Foundation, Chairman - Centre for Chest Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.