Public health emergency declared in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today quoted Delhi city as a ‘gas chamber’ soon after Supreme Court panel declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR. The air quality on Thursday night reached severe-plus levels in Delhi-NCR while school children were given breathing masks.

The region of Delhi-NCR has been struggling with rising pollution levels since Diwali. Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority banned construction activities till November 5 as the pollution level in the NCR region entered the ‘severe-plus’ or ‘emergency’ category for the first time since January.

The air quality deteriorated further Thursday night which the public has to take a health emergency since it will have an adverse health impact on all. Blaming the neighbouring states Haryana and Punjab, CM Arvind Kejriwal said that thousands of farmers have been burning crop stubble sending fumes of smokes across northern India.

The CM also mentioned that if the ‘severe plus’ state of the region persists for more than 48 hours, emergency measures such as odd-even car rationing scheme, truck entry bans and shutting down schools are to be taken under the Graded Response Action Plan.

Most of the population have been spotted wearing masks on the streets of Delhi-NCR to avoid inhaling the hazardous polluted air.

Following CM Arvind Kejriwal’s accusations to neighbouring states, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar accused Kejriwal of playing blame-game over increasing pollution levels. "Instead of blaming Punjab and Haryana, he would think about (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi-Ji's proposal to curb pollutants produced by industries in five states (near Delhi),” said Javadekar.

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