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Delhi NCR woke up to a smoggy morning on Wednesday, as air quality remained in the ‘severe’ category in several parts of the city. All primary schools have been ordered to remain close and children outdoor activities have been barred in the wake of the pollution. Meanwhile Parineeti Chopra arrived in Delhi for shooting and here is what she has to say:
“2 days of shooting in Delhi – and my chest is hurting, head is hurting, throat is paining!! 😰 Cant believe we have let things go so out of hand that human beings don’t have air to breathe to anymore. Can’t imagine the situation for kids and elders. Please guys, lets all WAKE UP. We cannot be doing this to our planet.”
She has even posted a picture in her Instagram account wearing a pollution mask which apparently describes the adverse situation
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has described Delhi as a “gas chamber”. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the Delhi government is “prepared” to re-launch its odd-even transport scheme and restrict trucks from entering the city in the case of an “emergency.” The government also issued a health advisory for residents of the capital, especially children, the elderly and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments.
Governments make laws but we the people can bring it to grounds and in action. Think what causes pollution around you and what have you done for improving the situation? Do you smoke regularly? Do you have more than one refrigerator at house? Did you arrange fire crackers this Diwali inspire of the ban? Is your car Pollution free? Did you try to bribe him to pass? If answers to all these questions are no then you must share this article so that it reaches those who do such offence.
This Winter Hazard is an Annual Affair.
Despite of all the urban pollution one of the main factors that causes such hazardous situation is crop burning in near by rural areas where agriculture is the main source of living. Over a dozen cases of crop burning were reported from Haryana till Wednesday, and officials fear the number will rise drastically in the coming days. This, in turn, would trigger heavy pollution in the national capital region.
Experts say Agriculture stubble burning accounts for anywhere between 12% and 60% of Delhi’s air pollution. The primary reasons behind farmers setting crop residue afire are cost concerns and the short time gap between summer and winter crops, besides lack of incentives and equipment to manually cut down the stubble.
Although the National Green Tribunal banned the practice in 2015, implementing the order has turned out to be a difficult task.
What can we do now?
People of Delhi should avoid morning and evening walks these days. Those who smoke should at least avoid smoking for a while. Use as much as carpooling and public transport possible. Agricultural stubble running into millions of tonnes is burnt by farmers in northern India every October, before the onset of winter. An estimated 35 million tonnes are set afire in Punjab and Haryana alone to make room for the winter crop.
Industrialist and investors should take initiatives to purchase agricultural residues from farmers and use them in some other way, this might raise hopes of a less-polluted winters. Governments of Haryana and Punjab should take steps that can dissuade farmers from burning crop stubble.