It has been 4 days since the Delhi Government implemented the Odd-Even scheme and took other measures to reduce air pollution in the City, but the situation is no better. The air quality in Delhi seems to have worsened on the 7th of November.
On the morning of the 7th of November, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) shared reports about the dangerous levels of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 across Delhi.
According to the DPCC and CPCB, the PM 2.5 level in Sector 16A of Faridabad was recorded as 278 and in Sanjay Nagar of Ghaziabad, the PM 2.5 level was 275.
The rising pollution in Delhi is one of the major concerns of the Government of India (GoI) as well as the Delhi Government. Every year, during winters, the City witnesses a rise in PM 2.5 and the Air Quality Index (AQI) plummets, making Delhi an unhealthy place for people to live. People suffering from respiratory issues need to take extra care and measures to remain safe, colleges and schools are shut down and smog covers the City.
Although the Delhi Government banned construction activities, implemented the Odd-Even scheme and took other measures to control the situation, there is not much improvement.
The Odd-Even scheme was implemented in the Capital of India on the 4th of November and would continue till the 15th of November.
On the 6th of November, the Supreme Court (SC) also criticised the Central and the State Government for not doing enough to limit the pollution.
The major reason behind the increasing pollution and the dropping AQI is the burning of crop stubble in Punjab and Haryana.
The burning of crops affected Delhi badly. The City and its citizens are trying to cope up with the situation. Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, also urged the public to follow the rules laid out by the Government, opt for carpooling and always carry air masks to protect themselves.
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