Amid rising air pollution in the capital, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday urged Delhi residents to set aside at least a day for a bike or bus ride to reduce pollution. His remarks came Sunday when he announced a bicycle rally as part of the Delhi government’s Rahagiri program in West Vinod Nagar, Patparganj.
“We take Rahgiri to all corners of Delhi. It will initially be organized in 6 locations over 6 weeks. The goal is to reduce pollution on your part, ”he tweeted.
He went on to say that “the primary responsibility for reducing pollution rests with the government in developing rules and regulations. Then the industrial sector and thirdly, we, as individuals, will take at least a day for a bike / bus ride. “
He also suggested that people in the construction industry develop technology to reduce environmental pollution during construction work.
“People can ride a bike at least once a month to prevent pollution and preserve the environment for future generations,” Sisodia said.
Delhi’s air quality improved slightly on Sunday as air quality in the country’s capital reached the “very poor” category with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 386 overall, according to the Air Quality and Weather Forecast and Research (SAFAR) System. …
Meanwhile, pollution levels in the National Capital Region (NCR), especially in Noida and Gurugram, also remained alarming. In Noida, the AQI was categorized as “hazardous” at 536, while air quality in Gurugram was at the upper end of the “severe” category at 423.
According to the SAFAR Bulletin, AQI is likely to improve in two days, “as transport level winds (925 mb) slow down, resulting in less penetration of pollutants from farm fires into Delhi.”
“However, as local winds become calm and minimum temperatures continue to decrease, efficient dispersion of pollutants is prevented, resulting in improved air quality to the upper limit of the very bad category or the lower limit of the severe category,” he added.
According to SAFAR, the effective number of fires fell to 3,157 yesterday.
According to government agencies, an AQI of 0 to 50 is considered good, 51-100 is fair, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor, and 401-500 is severe / dangerous.
To cope with rising levels of air pollution in the country’s capital, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced a “pollution lockdown,” under which schools will remain physically closed for a week from this Monday. Lessons will continue virtually so that students do not have to breathe polluted air.
(With ANI inputs)