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Air Masks Made Compulsory In Delhi Due To Poor Quality Of Air

The increased levels of pollution in Delhi and the effect it has on the people living there. The government takes drastic steps to curb the air pollution.

Air Quality Degrades In Delhi

The air quality in Delhi is entering the red zone. A study by World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that Delhi has the worst quality of air in the world. The major reasons for the pollution are construction dust and emission from factories, vehicular emissions, deforestation and high population density, other factors such as Diwali, Geography and the winter season. On Monday, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in Anand Vihar recorded 207.72 units of PM2.5 at 4.00 P.M and 520 units of PM10 in the past 24 hours, with Monday’s peak value recorded at 496 units.

Government Takes Necessary Action

A lot of measures have been taken by the Government of Delhi to curb the air pollution. Few of the measures include hiking the parking fee so that the cars will have to be off the roads. Also the Supreme Court, earlier this month, slapped a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region during Diwali this year. Also, the CPCB has directed everyone to wear air masks. The CPCB directed all state pollution control boards of NCR states to form teams that will be visiting different areas and study the reason for the sudden spike in air pollution. The Delhi pollution control committee is setting up a control room where people can lodge complaints at 9717593501 and 9717593574 through WhatsApp or the SAMEER app of CPCB.

The After Effects Of Air Pollution

Due to increased pollution levels in Delhi, people are facing respiratory disorders and cardiovascular morbidity. Elderly people and children are particularly susceptible. Studies have shown that smallest forms of pollution PM10 and P0 are PM2.5 are the most damaging to human health. A total of 281 industries have been identified as hazardous waste-generating industries, out of which 60 are closed. It has been noticed that many people living in Delhi are suffering from low respiratory symptoms such as dry coughing, wheezing, breathlessness and chest discomfort. Lung function was reduced in 40.3% individuals of Delhi compared with 20.1% in the control group. Many people have been using air masks in order to avoid the pollution.


Warning of further worsening of the air quality, weather analysts said north-westerly winds blowing at speeds of 10 to 12 km per hour across Delhi. It should be noted that the environment degrading can have adverse effects on our ecosystem. We all are equally responsible for the increase in air pollution around us. We must realize that the poor air quality will take a toll on our health and help the Government in curbing the air pollution.

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