Hundreds protest as Delhi chokes on smog
As the pollution in Delhi reaches its peak, hundreds of people, including children on Sunday thronged at Jantar Mantar, to protest over the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, demanding the government to take effective initiatives to curb the rising air pollution.
According to media reports, the protest was organised by various citizen’s group of Delhi, which was also joined by celebrities such as Nafisa Ali among others.
“To curb the pollution, Delhi Government’s Odd-Even initiative was a huge success. If possible, it should be implemented once again,” actress Nafisa Ali said, speaking to reporters.
The Delhi Government remained adamant on its stand that crop burning by the neighbouring states were the main contributors towards the ‘gas chamber’ like situation in the city.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain stated that the source of pollution in Delhi is not from within Delhi but from its neighbouring states.
The Delhi minister said, “The situation is same in Haryana where Gurgaon and Faridabad are more polluted than Delhi.”
He said the Delhi Government was not indulging in blame game over the pollution level in the national capital. Jain further stated that crop burning in neighbouring states remain the main reason.
“The conditions in Delhi have not changed a bit, even traffic emissions remain the same. Crop burning is the reason behind it all,” he said.
An emergency cabinet meeting has also been called at the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, demand for air purifiers has spiked with manufacturers such as Eureka Forbes, Blueair, Kent RO and Panasonic expecting up to four-fold jump in sales.
The makers are witnessing a sudden surge in the sales after Diwali as particulate matter levels have crossed far beyond desired limits.
Shapoorji Pallonji Group firm Eureka Forbes, which is segment leader with over 40 per cent market share, admitted that sales have shot up sharply.