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Delhi air pollution live: The Supreme Court of India has come down heavily on Delhi administration as well as the Central government for being unable to control Delhi Smog. The Apex Court has sought immediate action to curb the toxic air pollution engulfing Delhi. It is becoming life-threatening with every passing day. The Supreme Court has observed that the prevailing situation was as an emergency-like situation.

The top court has issued notices in the crop stubble burning issue to the Central Government or Government of India, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi government. Air quality continues to plummet in the national capital although Delhi schools have reopened. Hazardous conditions continue to exist. Gurgaon, on the other hand, stays shut. The SC took the decision to hold urgent hearings on the appeal which sought ban on crop stubble burning in states adjoining the national capital and which contributed to the Delhi smog. It lead to dangerous air pollution levels in the national capital Delhi as well as the NCR.

Massive air pollution is shortening lives: say Delhi doctors

Delhi air pollution live: Supreme Court lawyer RK Kapoor appealed to the SC bench, seeking directions for the government to control air pollution in Delhi and surrounding areas. Dust and smoke from stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana led to pollution levels shooting through the roof. The Supreme Court is also looking into the plea for implementation of the Odd Even rule in Delhi, which is basically a car rationing scheme. Although, there was some respite a few days ago, pollution levels have again skyrocketed, with air quality becoming “very severe” or quite hazardous. These levels of air pollution are unfit even for healthy people.

Delhi air pollution live: Delhi chokes: 300% rise in patients with asthma, bronchitis

Delhi air pollution live: Air quality has dipped and effects are visible. There has been 300% increase in the number of people with respiratory diseases such as asthma and bronchitis. The city’s various hospitals are clogged with patients complaining of respiratory diseases. In the past week, hundreds of patients suffering from respiratory ailments have been affected with pneumonia or other life-threatening conditions. Intensive care units (ICUs) in the hospitals of Delhi are full of patients. This is a medical emergency in the national capital region. The Delhi Smog is equal to smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Particulate matter (PM) in the atmosphere is breaking records, with PM2.5 levels at 999. The permissible limits for PM2.5 and PM10 are 60 and 100 ug/m3, respectively. Visibility has drastically reduced and come down below 100 meters at several places. The condition is the same at AIIMS, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Max Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital, Fortis Hospital and Apollo hospitals. Delhi is choked.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) has predicted the possibility of rains but even that would be unable to control dust. Moreover, it could bring problems of its own. It may lead to high accumulation of particulates because of high moisture levels.

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Ushi Fatma

About Ushi Fatma

Author at greenubuntu.com. I am a freelance journalist, environment activist, fashion blogger, and a short film and documentary maker. My association with Taru Mitra, an organisation working hard for the environment in India, taught me the value of nature preservation. I want to make the world a better place for future generations. Being a mother, I know how important it is to do that. I love nature, art and creativity.
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