Authorities in New Delhi launched an anti-pollution campaign on Monday in an effort to curb air pollution levels before winter, when the capital was regularly covered in toxic haze, and warned that the dirty air coronovirus epidemic Can make it more dangerous.
The top elected leader of the capital, Arvind Kejriwal said, the government will launch an anti-dust campaign, reduce smoke from agricultural burns and introduce a mobile application that will allow citizens to reduce photo-related complaints against polluters .
“In view of the Kovid-19 pandemic, polluted air can become life-threatening. Both affect the lungs, ”Kejriwal said.
Health experts say that over a long period of time air pollution levels have compromised the immunity of people living in New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, increasing their chances of getting coronovirus is.
Earlier studies have also shown that high levels of air pollution can make viral infections more dangerous.
It is estimated that more than one million Indians die every year due to diseases related to air pollution.
There have been 285,103 cases of coronavirus in New Delhi, including 5,510 deaths.
Among many Indian cities gasping for breath, New Delhi tops this list every year. Winters have become a time of health crisis, when the city is covered with a poisonous mist that obscures the sky and blocks sunlight. Due to the level of pollution, farmers in neighboring agricultural areas set fire to clean their land after harvest and prepare for the next harvest season.
Vehicle and industrial emissions, pollutants from festivals-associated firecrackers, and construction dust also increase rapidly in winter, leading to a public health crisis.
Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director of the New Delhi-based Group Center for Science and Environment and Air Pollution Expert, said the reasons for the capital’s poor air quality are well known, as necessary actions are taken to deal with it.
But he said that necessary steps to improve air quality are not being taken on the right scale.
“This is not rocket science,” Roychowdhury said.
The national capital has often used it to limit the number of cars on the road, with large anti-smog guns and construction activity halted. But the steps have had little effect as neighboring state governments have failed to cooperate.
In November 2019, New Delhi was kept in a dark yellow mist for several days and air pollution reached record highs, forcing schools to be closed and flights diverted.
(This story is published from a wire agency feed without textual modifications.)
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