The air quality level in Delhi plunged to near emergency levels on November 13th.The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was 471, the worst this season so far Taking the emergency situation into account Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday called an emergency meeting to tackle severe air pollution in the city. After the emergency meeting, it was decided that Schools in New Delhi will be closed for a week and construction sites for four days. The government has also decided to instruct government offices to operate from home at 100% capacity for a week.
The Supreme Court on Saturday termed the rise in air pollution in Delhi-NCR an "emergency" situation and asked the Centre and the Delhi government to take emergency measures to improve the air quality.
Arvind Kejriwal urged Delhiites to help bring down pollution in the city by giving up vehicle use once in a week and turning off engines of vehicles at red lights. He also noted that pollution caused locally was in safe limit but stubble burning in other states was increasing it.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on September 22nd said that every year, exposure to #AirPollution is estimated to cause 7 million premature deaths and result in the loss of millions more healthy years of life. The World Health Organization (WHO) tightened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday for the first time since 2005, hoping to spur countries toward clean energy and prevent deaths and illness caused by air pollution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday formally launched the National Automobile Vehicle Scrappage Policy at the Investor Summit in Gujarat. The policy was first announced by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari in March 2021 to phase out older polluting vehicles.
Air pollution killed 1.7 million Indians, accounting for nearly 18% of total deaths in 2019, and resulted in an economic loss of Rs 2.6 lakh crore, nearly 1.4% of GDP, a comprehensive report of the disease burden attributable to air pollution and its economic impact has revealed.
The national capital’s air quality was recorded in ‘severe’ category on Sunday as stubble fires continued to be reported in Punjab and nearby regions.
Delhi Chief Minister #ArvindKejriwal inaugurated the ‘Green Delhi’ app on Thursday, which is one of the measures under the state government’s pollution control initiative ‘Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh”.
Delhi Chief Minister #ArvindKejriwal on Monday said that the ‘problem’ of stubble burning can be turned into an ‘opportunity’ within one year if all concerned governments work on war footing to achieve that.