Nationwide plan needed to tackle pollution: Green body

New Delhi: Hailing the SC’s nod to the Centre’s graded response action plan to tackle pollution, a green body on Sunday has urged the government to implement a similar system at the national-level as well.

The SC on Saturday accorded its nod to the Centre’s graded response action plan to tackle different levels of pollution and asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to upgrade its existing infrastructure and set up additional monitoring stations in Delhi-NCR within six months.

“The graded response system in Delhi is a very important milestone indeed, but we still have miles to go in order to let the country breathe,” Greenpeace India stated. Read more

Courtesy: The Asian Age

Though not by much, air quality in Delhi better than previous year

Though still a matter of concern, the air quality in the national capital in November had improved than before to make it slightly better than the last year’s. According to reports from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee’s (DPCC) R K Puram air quality monitoring station, the number of days with severe air pollution this year had reduced to 11 compared to the 12 days last year. However, number of days with moderate air pollution are three this year while last year there were none.

DPCC data also suggests that the concentration of Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 and 10 were also being measured less than the last year. Scientists at DPCC credited wind speed for the drop in pollution, this year, citing that the wind speed was 0.4 meters/second, during daytime in the first week while it rose to about 1.2 meters/second post Diwali. Read more

Courtesy: The Financial Express

Fogged Again: Seasonal disruptions in air and rail travel expose woeful state of India’s governance

With the onset of winter and the season’s first fog spell over north India, airline and train services around Delhi have again taken a hit. On Wednesday, a total of 15 flights were diverted, 150 were delayed and eight were cancelled as the capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport saw visibility deteriorate during early morning hours. Additionally, 20 trains were delayed from New Delhi railway station while around 50 trains coming into the capital ran well behind schedule. All of this led to serious conditions at the airport and railway stations, holding passengers beyond their capacity.

Despite fog spells being an annual seasonal affair, every year authorities fail to adequately prepare for this. True, the weather can’t be controlled. But measures to mitigate disruptions to air and rail travel can certainly be undertaken. In fact, the simple task of providing information to passengers in advance can reduce confusion and operational delays. Similarly, airlines should be prepared for low-visibility CAT-III A/B operations before the onset of winter itself. This would entail ensuring that their pilots and aircraft flying fog-susceptible routes are equipped for low-visibility take-offs and landings. Read more

Courtesy: Times of India

WIND FROM BAY OF BENGAL POLLUTES CITY’S AIR

Air quality in Delhi on the second consecutive day was recorded as “severe” on the National Air Quality Index (NAQI) and with high pollutant in air and dense fog continued to choke the residents.

According to weather analysts, high humidity, low wind speed and low temperatures are the reasons why the particulate matter is not getting dispersed and continues to be major cause of pollution.

Scientists of the India Meteorological Department said the wind which is coming from the Bay of Bengal contains moisture in it and as a result pollutants are getting mixed into it. “Air quality and dense smog will remain but there will be improvement in the air quality after December 5. However thick smog will start again after 7th of this month,” said a senior group scientist in Ministry of Earth Science (MoES). Read more

Courtesy: the pioneer

Fog woes: All steps being taken to reduce pollution level, assures Delhi Govt. 30-11-2016

In the wake of rising pollution level in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Wednesday said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is taking all steps to cleanse the environment.

With the national capital waking up to a heavily foggy Wednesday, Jain squarely blamed the fog for the deteriorating air quality saying that pollution level rises whenever the air flow slows down. Read more

Courtesy: Business Standard