Odd-Even scheme making a comeback
After the recent news about how Delhi is turning hazardous for the people and how it is turning into a gas chamber, the Delhi Government faces major criticism yet again. For curbing the situation, the Delhi Government has decided to reimplement the Odd-Even scheme in the National capital from November 13-17, 2017.
The scheme will be implemented for 5 days by the authorities and the official announcement for the same will be made today, in the evening.
The environment of Delhi is becoming toxic and haze has been hanging over the people since 3 days. It is thickening every day. This has also led to zero-visibility and the air quality is equivalent to smoking 22 cigarettes.
The air quality index, presented by the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) scored 487. The level indicates severity of the situation, while the maximum level on the scale is 500. This is not just impacting people going out, but also impacting the health of citizens and those who already suffer with various health issues.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued certain directions to the Delhi Government, earlier today. The directions aimed at putting a ban on construction and other industrial activities. The entry of trucks is to be banned as well.
The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal requested the Punjab and the Haryana Governments to stop the practice of burning crop stubble. Since this is one of the main smog contributions. The other contributing factors to the smog development being toxic emissions from vehicles and also, construction. The fall in temperature this week has also worsened the situation and made Delhi deadly.
According to Kejriwal, Punjab and Haryana have failed to provide their farmer with viable solutions to replace the evil practice of stubble burning. He said, until they find economical and viable solutions to this, the situation will only worsen. He later added that the governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and the Center should come together. Only then can the situation be countered.