Guwahati: In a rather bad news for people living in Delhi, the Environment Protection and Control Authority (EPCA) on Wednesday has issued a press statement wherein it has warned the residents of the state to be prepared for even worse air conditions in the coming days. The statement warns the residents of NCR of “a sharp deterioration in air quality in Delhi-NCR” in the next 10 days.
The reason for the worse air condition to happen in the next few days can be cited as the presence of a western disturbance system in northern India due to which a sort of moisture will be found in the air and a cyclonic system on the eastern side for which the wind is being suppressed. These can be termed as the vital reasons for the probable bad air quality in the next 10 days. Burning of the paddy straw in neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana too are other key factors that add to deteriorating the quality of air. The high rate of construction activities that run across Delhi too is nameable as one of the elements to give rise to air pollution.
The EPCA has also enclosed a list of measures in the press release which will be implemented from November 1 until November 10.
- For the next 10 days, all sorts of construction activities across Delhi-NCR will be kept closed. This includes activities like stopping the use of stone crushers, hot mix plants, etc. Also, industries using coal and biomass as fuel will be asked to stop functioning. However, the power plants and industries using natural gas are allowed to continue operations.
- The power plant in Badarpur and other diesel generators across NCR are kept shut since October 15 following the imposition of GRAP.
- Brick kilns across the NCR region are asked to be on halt until November 10. The similar sorts of instructions are also being co0nveyed to the neighbouring states such as Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana so that they can also enforce the instructions.
- Industrial units in Delhi’s Mundka area will be kept closed starting from Thursday until November 10 and along with this, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) too is ordered to checked and remove the waste disposed of by them.
With the guidelines already being put to action, the EPCA reports that a slight improvement can be noticed in the air quality owing to the rising speed of the wind.