As we know, days around Dussehra and Diwali are little hazy and the sky is not clear. As per the Delhi air pollution report, the air quality is deteriorated and it can be said that air quality monitoring stations in various parts of Delhi showed that air quality worsened in the city after burning of Ravana effigies on the day of Dussehra.
Data from System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) shows that Air Quality Index (AQI) values has dipped down slightly from 120 to 137 on Thursday while staying well within the moderate AQI range of 100-200.
An AQI value of between 200 and 300 indicates ‘poor’ air, while 300-400 connotes ‘very poor’, and 400-500 ‘severe’ air quality.
The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has told Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) that fresh and ‘immediate’ action plans are needed for Delhi’s 13 most polluted hotspots which can be implemented in October itself.
NCR hotspots identified are two from Faridabad, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi and Sahibabad.
The 13 air-polluted hotspots of Delhi were given as follows:
1. Okhla Phase-II
5. Punjabi Bagh
11. R K Puram
13. Ashok Vihar
EPCA (Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority) also recognised six hotspots for the National Capital Region, asking state pollution control boards to formulate action plans for them. An order has been issued for night patrolling for each hotspot which can be supplemented by the use of Home Guards.
EPCA chairman BhureLal said: “Night patrolling is important for these locations as most of the violations occur at night EPCA and CPCB should be informed about the violations and we should receive daily updates and the schedule of the action plan.” EPCA member Sunita Narain stated that we need action immediately and on the ground so that the spikes are controlled ahead of Diwali and during the crop stubble burning period. Two immediate action plans are needed for each hotspot, one that can be implemented throughout this winter and one that is immediate, listing all actions to be taken this month.
Open waste burning and industrial pollution was identified as the biggest problems and probably the major causes of air pollution.
EPCA has asked for original action plans to stay in place and those can be carried out through the rest of the winter. It has also asked to fix timelines for each task while CPCB is asked to monitor the progress. It was also decided to formulate ‘immediate’ action plans for these hotspots that will list all the work that can begin immediately and can be carried out in October. Reports at regular intervals will be submitted to both EPCA and CPCB task force.
We can improve this situation by increasing plantation outdoors as well indoors at home which helps purify air inside house and organising social awareness campaigns. It is our duty to keep the environment clean and pollution free and leave a healthy one for our future generation.