It is evident that poor air quality is a global public health emergency. Delhi government announced a raft of measures as air pollution in the city rose to unprecedented levels. East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) decided to introduce 40 truck-mounted sprinklers to settle the dust during peak pollution season in areas under its jurisdiction.
Speaking about the plan, a senior EDMC official confirmed that these sprinklers will consume less water and work in a bigger area at a time.
Recently, the government released a report where 13 polluted hotspots of Delhi were recognized and so these sprinklers will be used at these highly polluted hotspots.
The sprinklers will be run using the truck engine and not engage the separate ones. This will save cost and also reduce pollution from fuel emission.
The tankers of 9,000-litre capacity will have sprinklers attached to itself and will be put into service for 8 hours a day. North Delhi Municipal Corporation also began water sprinkling on its roads adjoining industrial areas on Monday.
Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority had recently released a list of 13 hotspots where pollution levels were higher than the city’s average.
The 13 hotspots according to the survey conducted were identified as Anand Vihar (including Mandoli) and Vivek Vihar in east and Ashok Vihar, Bawana, Narela, Mundka, Punjabi Bagh, Wazirpur, Rohini and Jahangirpuri in north Delhi and R K Puram in South Delhi, Okhla Phase-II, dwarka and Mayapuri.
An official said that of these areas- Vivek Vihar and Anand Vihar is under their jurisdiction. The mist sprinklers will be installed as one of the measures under the Graded response Action Plan.
EDMC Commisioner Dilraj Kaur said that for periodic day and night patrolling, officials have been directed.Teams conducted raids on Saturday in industrial areas of Mandoli, Damodar Park, Jhilmil and Friends Colony. They were running without a licence. Many industries were found who were involved in drawing copper after melting wires. Last week, 62 units were sealed and challaned in other areas.
1 lakh children under 5 years of age die from air pollution in India every year, according to the State of India’s Environment (SoE) report, 2019.
According to a UN Special Rapporteur on the environment and human rights, air pollution both inside and outside is a silent and deadly killer responsible for several diseases and premature deaths of around 7 million people each year and 6 lakh children.
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Some of the common air pollutants are fine airborne particles, which are broken down into categories known as PM1, PM2.5, and PM10, based on size. PM2.5 has been linked to respiratory infections, heart disease, and cancer of lung and brain development impairment.
Air pollution has been a chronic problem of Delhi for more than a year especially in winter months but it’s a relief to know that the government is trying to take efforts and come forward with appropriate solutions.