Delhi People Suffering Immensely with Pollution: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister, Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister, Delhi

After falsely claiming that the pollution is decreasing in the city, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal admitted today that the pollution is, in fact, increasing and people are suffering immensely with pollution.

Kejriwal has blamed stubble burning in other states for pollution in Delhi and suggested that it should be stopped.

“We should stop stubble burning. People are suffering immensely. The Supreme Court has also directed. Pollution has again started increasing in Delhi due to stubble burning after some respite last week,” Kejriwal tweeted today.

[ Download and Read: Delhi Disaster Report 2019 ]

A few days ago, the UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore had also expressed her concern over the toxic air, suggesting that an immediate action is needed to clean the air for children – particularly in Delhi.

The air pollution levels have crossed the life-threatening limits in India’s capital New Delhi where the authorities are not taking proper steps to control the increasing poison in the air.

“In extreme cases, when the air is so toxic, schools may close, as we have seen in Delhi just this week. Pollution levels were literally above the range that sensors could measure, many times above what can reasonably be considered safe for children and clearly presenting grave risks to their health and development,” Ms. Henrietta Fore said in her statement.

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A new IQAir AirVisual report, which covered 3,000 cities of the world, has revealed that Gurugram (a.k.a. Gurgaon) a suburb of the Indian capital New Delhi is the most polluted city of the world while 22 of the top 30 polluted cities are in India.

Delhi remains the most polluted capital across the world in 2018, as per a study conducted by the environment-protection organization Greenpeace. The air quality in the national capital region has been constantly deteriorating.

An interactive tool on the Breathe Life 2030 website shows a Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 level of 143 micrograms per cubic metre (annual mean) in Delhi. This is over 14 times more than the WHO (World Health Organization) safe level of 10 µg/m3. Simply put, the people of Delhi are inhaling poison from the air.

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