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Things Car Owners Can Do To Combat Air Pollution

Things Car Owners Can Do To Combat Air Pollution

The air quality in Delhi remained in the "very poor" category on Friday recording 368 on the Air Quality Index, according to data of the Central Pollution Control Board.

As emergency measures are enforced from Thursday to keep pollution in check in the Delhi-NCR region, the state pollution control bodies have been directed to initiate criminal prosecution against violators, said reports. Localities across Delhi such as Bawana and R K Puram too recorded high pollution levels with AQI levels around 360. People are complaining of burning eyes and breathlessness.

Clean Air Parents" Network member and mother of two Stephanie Romig, said, "I'm extremely anxious about the impact that air pollution is having on my children. Earlier, the air quality was on the brink of slipping into severe category.

Simon Alcock, head of UK Public Affairs for ClientEarth, which has won three court cases against the Government over illegal levels of air pollution in the UK, said, 'Parents are clearly and rightly concerned that the Government is failing to protect their children from the harmful effects of air pollution. Numerous football players in the Delhi Dynamos team in the Indian Super League (ISL) have also reported sickness. "Although upper air winds where transport takes place are from stubble burning site but speed and magnitude is low and hence unlikely to impact Delhi air quality significantly", it added.

There was significant representation from non-state actors working in India, who made their own commitments "I bring you greetings from the most polluted city in the world", Arvind Kumar, head of the Centre for Chest Surgery and Lung Transplantation at Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, and founder of Lung Care Foundation, said. "At night, it gets worse". It will be good if the players come four or five days before the competition.

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However, the politics and verbal spat intensified as Ministers from Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan skipped a crucial meeting on air pollution held here by Union Environment Ministry. Around 40 percent of the pollution is due to the vehicles on roads.

The DPCC order includes halt of all construction activities involving excavation, civil construction to remain closed in Delhi and other NCR districts from November 1-10, besides closure of all stone crushers, hot mix plants generating dust pollution in Delhi and NCR districts.

Besides this, EPCA has also warned it will ban all private transport for some time so that the pollution level could be decreased.

The UK's commitment for Clean Air in Geneva today also highlighted the commitment of a £3.5bn government investment to reduce concentrations of nitrogen dioxide at roadside hotspots, including £1.2bn to improve provision for walking and cycling and £475 million to help local authorities develop and implement local air quality plans.

The CPCB has on Thursday put up guidelines for the public to file complaints of air pollution in Delhi-NCR on its social media page, website, and through its mobile application.


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