Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Delhi air quality dips as pollution spikes; NGT raps Delhi govt

Delhi air quality dips as pollution spikes; NGT raps Delhi govt

Delhi's air turned fouler on Monday with a sharp rise in the level of particulates since morning.

PM 2.5 and PM 10 are ultrafine particulates which remain suspended in the air and are capable of making their way into human lungs and blood tissues, increasing the risk of heart and lung diseases.

On Tuesday, the average air-quality of Delhi and Delhi-NCR was "severe", with at least 11 out of 21 active monitoring stations falling under "severe" and "severe plus or emergency" category.

The tribunal also condemned the Delhi government for not filing any action plan to curb air pollution in the National Capital. As per the recent reports in News18, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar took exception over the failure of the AAP government to file the report despite its specific order. During the hearing, the Delhi government said it needed more time to file the action-plan as the chief secretary and environment secretary have recently been changed. Why have you not submitted it? We had told you to shut all offices in case of emergent situations, what have you done? It's not our problem if people don't want to stick to you.

The India Meteorological Department said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture. Earlier, the government claims that the Delhi Pollution level increased due to the reason for burning crops.

"Every newspaper has been carrying headline that the air pollution was going to be higher this week". No outdoor activities should be held in Delhi and quick action needs to be taken to tackle this issue. Watching cricketers wearing masks and stepping onto the ground brought us nothing but shame.

Speaking further on the issue, the bench remarked that the match should not have been planned at the venue in Delhi if the air quality was known to be bad.

Even as the media coverage continues to focus largely on Delhi, data from research studies, national monitoring and satellite retrievals show unequivocally that the winter smog impacts large parts of north India with people across state lines breathing a stew of toxic air.

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