Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and his team geared up to tackle the air pollution and safe Delhi being converted into a “gas chamber”. Delhi government has started distributing anti-pollution masks and now ready to implement EPCA and GRAP measure.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his team have started distributing masks among school students today on 1st November from Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya in Civil Lines, following a spike in the Pollution level. In a press conference, he announced that his government from 1st November will distribute 50 lakh anti-pollution masks free of cost to students of both government and private schools of the national capital.
Delhi has turned into a gas chamber due to smoke from crop burning in neighbouring states— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 1, 2019
It is very imp that we protect ourselves from this toxic air. Through pvt & govt schools, we have started distributing 50 lakh masks today
I urge all Delhiites to use them whenever needed pic.twitter.com/MYwRz9euaq
The government will distribute 50 lakh free N95 anti-pollution masks to nearly 16 lakh students and each student will be given two masks”.
The N95 mask will filter up to 95% of the pollutants.
Kejriwal said the main reason behind the spike in the pollution was stubble burning in Haryana, Panjab and Uttar Pardesh. He urged the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to take steps to prevent stubble burning in their States and if possible provide the appropriate tools to the farmers to cut the stubble instead of burning.
To prevent this stubble burning state government and political parties need determination and “a political will” to achieve this paramount, but the state government’s negligence towards the ill health effect of pollution caused by the stubble burning and prolonged environmental degradation.
खट्टर और कैप्टन सरकारें अपने किसानों को पराली जलाने पर मजबूर कर रहीं हैं जिसकी वजह से दिल्ली में भारी प्रदूषण है— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 1, 2019
कल पंजाब और हरियाणा भवन पर लोगों ने प्रदर्शन कर वहां की सरकारों के प्रति अपना रोष प्रकट किया। https://t.co/p4MfgVND4C
The air quality in Delhi, which is already gasping for breath, continues to be in the ‘severe’ category as the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital snooped at 425 today on 1st November.
CM Kejriwal also addressed the media after his speech in the school and urged them to send out the message to masses to follow the Odd-Even scheme which will be going to implement on 4th November and will continue till 15th November.
Although the “Odd-Even” scheme cannot be implemented permanently and the people of Delhi need to come forward to fight against the malaise of Delhi air pollution. However, Kejriwal assured the people of Delhi that his government will do best to make Delhi pollution-free.
According to SAFAR, a fresh Western Disturbance as a trough between 3.1 & 3.6 km above mean sea level ran roughly along the Afghan Pakisthan border as of Thursday, is expected to approach northwest India by 2nd November. It is likely to influence Delhi’s air quality positively. An improvement to the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category is expected by Saturday.
However, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has declared an unprecedented public health emergency in Delhi as toxic smog has been found in Delhi’s air since Diwali night. Till 5th November all the schools in the national capital will be closed.
Kejriwal even urged Delhi people to stop all outdoor activities and sports till 5th November.
EPCA has also banned all construction activity in the city till 5th November, along with a ban on bursting crackers during this winter season as the city has entered the “severe-plus or emergency” category.
Delhi CM Kejriwal and Bhure Lal, EPCA Chairperson met today. Bhure Lal advised people not to do exercise in open till the reduction in pollution level in the city. He also added that this is a grave situation and urged Delhi CM for personal intervention to stringently implement the directions issued. Kejriwal being a responsible leader and a citizen assured Lal in implementing GRAP and other measures directed by EPCA.
If the “severe-plus” category exceeds 48 hours then GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) measures would be implemented and the first step would be banning trucks to enter the city.