The country’s Central Pollution Control Board says the air quality index for New Delhi has risen to 470 – a severe condition that is more than 10 times the global safety parameters
As the pollution levels in India’s capital city, New Delhi have touched dangerous levels, the government has ordered the shutting down of factories, construction sites, and primary schools. The government has also decided to restrict the movement of vehicles run on diesel.
The Central Pollution Control Board says the air quality index for New Delhi has risen to 470 – a severe condition that is more than 10 times the global safety parameters.
“There is no doubt over who has turned Delhi into a gas chamber,” tweeted India’s Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav while blaming the Punjab farmers for the pollution.
Every winter the farmers in Punjab burn the stubble in their paddy fields leading to increased levels of pollution and smog in New Delhi. While in past the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has blamed the former Congress government in Punjab for the escalating pollution levels in Delhi, Punjab is now ruled by Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party (AAP).
The government in Delhi has restricted the use of diesel run vehicles, ordered the shutting down of industries and work at the construction sites in the hope to help reduce pollution levels. The government has also shut down the primary schools keeping in view the health hazards of pollution on the little children.
The government has aid that it is considering to fully shut down the schools, colleges and non-emergency commercial activity and restriction on private vehicles is the pollution levels don’t come down by the weekend.
In past, the Delhi government has employed the odd-even rule for the private vehicles in the capital regions allowing the odd and even numbered vehicles only to ply on alternate days.
In the neighboring city of Noida that falls on the outskirts ofNew Delhi and close to the Okhla Industrial area, the government has ordered online clases up to class VIII.
The government in Delhi has also employed water sprinklers and anti-smog guns to control haze and smog that has engulfed New Delhi.