We are inhaling poison: Important things to know
According to reports, the Delhi government has decided to bring back its Odd- Even scheme in the capital. Notably, the toxic haze in the city has outstripped the Chinese Capital Beijing, known for its pollution level. The scheme is expected to come in force from November 13 to November 17.
Earlier today, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had said, “the decision on the Odd- Even formula will be taken by today or tomorrow, if the need arises.” Thick smog has enveloped New Delhi and the deadliest tiny particulate matter known as PM 2.5, which can deeply affect person’s lungs soared on Tuesday to 726, leaving people unable to breathe.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the capital a “gas chamber”. Well, Delhi is a home for 20 million people and the air condition of the city is alarming. Public emergency has been imposed in the city and doctors have already advised evacuation.
Notably, Arvind Kejriwal blamed the pollution on the farmers of neighboring States of Haryana and Punjab for burning crop residue, an annual tradition to clear fields. Well, there are two more alternatives to dispose the crop residue but they are expensive, and currently Punjab government is not in position to raise funds.
Last month Supreme Court had banned fireworks ahead of Diwali in Delhi- NCR but people didn’t follow SC’s order.
This problem is becoming severe day by day and it is adversely impacting health of people living in Delhi, especially children and elderly.
Meanwhile, the question arises is there any immediate solution? Well, the government has taken some important steps such as : Commercial trucks have been banned in the city, car parking charges hiked so that people use more public transports, and all the construction site have been stopped.
But will all this bring down the pollution level down in the city? Surely it can but as the responsible citizens we also need to take some precautionary measures such as waste management.
Please go green and do not burn garbage.
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