The pollution index in Delhi crosses 800; Apex court takes to task Centre, Delhi govt
The Supreme Court of India on Monday reprimanded the Delhi government and the centre stating that it was not working in unison to deal with the problem of pollution in the national capital. This was after the court took up a report by the Environment Pollution Control Authority on the pollution caused by stubble-burning.
The Court has also asked Punjab and Haryana to reduce stubble burning. As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi's 24-hour average air quality index exceeded 800 at 6.30 am on Monday which falls in the ‘severe+’ category.
Chairman of Chest Surgery Department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Dr. Arvind Kumar said that the condition of the city is like every person is inhaling at least 40 cigarettes a day. This is very dangerous for children. The hospitals are being thronged with adults and children complaining of severe respiratory issues.
Owing to the dangerous pollution levels, the administrations ordered all government and private schools in Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon, and Faridabad to remain close till November 5. Thirty-seven flights were diverted from the Delhi airport due to poor visibility caused by the thick blanket of smoke.
Incidentally, on Monday, the Delhi government implemented the odd-even traffic scheme from 8 am onwards on all working days while continuing to sprinkle water on roads to settle the dust.