Headlines November 14, 2019
Delhi pollution close to emergency levels
Delhi pollution is becoming alarmingly dangerous and is close to reaching emergency levels. Air quality at the national capital still remains severe. Officials stated that an emergency will have to be declared in the city if pollution levels do not come down. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also stated that the odd-even car rationing scheme, which was supposed to end on 15 November, will go on for the next few days as well.
After Diwali celebrations and bursting of firecrackers last month, Delhi witnessed thick smog. One of the main reasons for pollution levels rising in the capital city is stubble burning by farmers at nearby Punjab and Haryana states. The central government had called for a high end level meeting last week with officials of all nearby states to look into measures to curb stubble burning. In spite of that, nothing substantial has been done. Reportedly, the percentage of pollution due to stubble burning has only increased.
We shud stop stubble burning. People are suffering immensely. SC has also directed. Pollution has again started increasing in Delhi due to stubble burning after some respite last week-Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, New Delhi.
Decline in wind speed and dip in temperatures are yet another reason for hazardous smog. Experts stated that the pollution in Delhi can cause various health hazards including cancer and asthma. Many people took to social media to criticise ministers of nearby states for not taking appropriate action to curb stubble burning. “Every day it is becoming clearer and clearer that the biggest villain in Delhi’s pollution emergency is @capt_amarinder. Despite SC directions and public outcry, fires in Punjab have ONLY INCREASED. His actions can easily classify him as ‘Public Enemy Number 01’ of Delhi”, tweeted Akhilesh Mishra.
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