October, the month of nightmares is no different in 2020 despite the decrease in traffic and shutdowns during the lockdown. Like every year, October this year recorded pollution in Delhi worsens while the Air Quality Index(AQI) touched ‘very poor’.
Whilst the residents of the capital are gasping for fresh air, various agencies claimed that the AQI was likely to slip to ‘very poor’ in the next few days due to a change in wind direction and a reduction in speed.
New Delhi: Air quality deteriorates in the national capital with the rise of pollutants in the atmosphere.
Visuals from Anand Vihar where Air Quality Index is at 252 in 'poor' category as per Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data. pic.twitter.com/TGLrn8FfKp
— ANI (@ANI) October 20, 2020
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for an emergency meeting with the CMs of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to curb air pollution to deliberate on solutions for stubble burning and to prevent air pollution.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the city government will deploy 2,500 environment marshals across the national capital to generate awareness about its recently launched anti-pollution campaign, ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’, to curb vehicular pollution.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) on Monday asked the Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments to be ready to close thermal power plants that do not meet the standards laid down in 2015.