A few days have not been passed, when Kejriwal gave a sentence about the situation of Delhi’s air pollution to be stable. Now the situation is, Delhi is surrounded by the monstrous layers of smog. The people are struggling to even get a fresh breath of air in such disastrous surroundings and finding a way to escape from the city.
Looking at the conditions, the Supreme court panel has declared a public health emergency in Delhi- NCR regions. And banned any activities that intensify the situation like construction and demolition activities in Delhi and nearby areas. With strict instructions that, if get caught in action, a fine of Rs 1 Lakh will be imposed as a penalty. The schools and colleges will be shut till November 5. The authorities further announced a ban on bursting crackers during the winter season.
The condition started to drip post-Diwali. On Friday the air quality status was at 484 and has been dropping since each passing day. As per the reports from the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) stood at 494 on Sunday and on Monday the situation went even worse. The pollution levels went to severe category the Air Quality Index (AQI) was at 500.
To handle this worsening situation, the government also put the odd-even vehicle scheme that was compulsorily followed from Monday ie from 4 to 15 November. The first day commenced with only even-numbered non-transport vehicles allowed on the roads. All the ground forces are put to action to strictly volunteer this exercise. When caught violating the rules will be fined Rs 4,000. But, the exercise started with a bad note, even lawmakers were caught violating the rules.
Here, a report from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicated “scattered rainfall and a change in wind direction,” likely to hit Delhi by 8 November, could “positively influence” the air quality index (AQI) in the National Capital Region.