Can Delhi breathe easily this Diwali and winter? Experts say no
With Diwali and winter being around, the authorities of Delhi have become more conscious about the quality of air as usual. Experts say that the measures put out by Delhi government to restrict the use of Chinese crackers this time won’t help the residents.
A recent study by Teri states that 40 per cent of the particulate matter causing pollution comes from Delhi’s outside NCR region. According to it, crop fires are the major cause of pollution in the early winter months. The data show that campaigns against fire crackers in the past didn’t yield much in the case of reducing pollution.
According to a report in Times of India, Polash Mukerjee of the Centre for Science and Environment said “no significant changes have been seen in the air quality data of the past few years. Key factors like crop fires and firecrackers are still not being controlled”. He added that the measures against Chinese crackers were welcoming, but not up to mark.
The Delhi Pollution Control Board recently had written to Delhi police to make sure that import of prohibited crackers into Delhi was not permitted. It was in the wake of an order by the Delhi government to make a complete ban Chinese crackers.
The debates around air pollution is gaining heat when Delhi government is planning to back off from its odd-even scheme of road rationing. According to the report on Hindustan Times, Delhi’s Transport Minister Satyendra Jain made it clear that government had “no plan to roll out a third round of odd-even scheme”. He added that if the need arises, the government may consider bringing the odd-even scheme in January. The analysis about the drive show that implementation of odd-even part-2 resulted in more congestion in Delhi and the cost occurred also crossed Rs.20 crore.
So, it’s quite clear that the Delhi city is not going to breathe easily in this Diwali without clear measures and directives from the authorites.