Winter is coming! Are you ready for the smoggy winter like every year? The change in weather brings with it the depleting air quality. The national capital is once again gearing up to fight pollution and tackle the ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ air pollution level. The emergency action plan has been launched in Delhi. For the last two weeks, Delhi has been breathing air which is of ‘poor’ quality. Air pollution in Delhi takes severe form in winters and becomes a serious health hazard.
In November last year, the authorities closed the schools after the air quality turned ‘severe’ for over a week after burning of paddy during October and November in Punjab and Haryana. This is the leading contributor in the air pollution in Delhi.
Now to fight the air pollution, Delhi has implemented the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) which has been in its second year.
Sunita Narain, member of the Supreme Court-appointed panel Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) which enforces Grap said:
“Measures listed under Grap to fight ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ categories of air pollution will be rolled out from October 15. This will continue till March 2019, there will also be a ban on diesel generator (DG) sets in Delhi”.
As the pollution level worsens and touches the ‘severe’ and ‘emergency’ levels the other measures to curb air pollution will be to stop construction activities, hot mix plants, ban on stone crushers, enhancing parking fees, and implementation of the odd-even scheme.
Last year the pollution went close to a level which was hazardous to breathe in. Though the air quality hasn’t reached ‘severe’ level yet, the Air Quality Index (AQI) on October 14 was poor.
In such a situation, you should take some of the precautionary measures to save yourself:
Before planning to go out you can check your area’s air quality index.
Try a morning workout if you exercise outdoors. It will make your lungs strong to face the pollution.
Avoid heavy traffic whenever possible. Delhi’s pollution majorly depends on the air pollution because of the vehicles on road.
Smoking is harmful and you should not smoke indoors. It enhances your chances of breathing issues in pollution.
It is extremely sad that our generation has to face poor quality of air as it threatens the future generation’s future as well. what do you think?