1. New Delhi is the most polluted city on Earth: US Environmental Protection Agency

New Delhi is the most polluted city on Earth: US Environmental Protection Agency

New Delhi has become highlighted on global level, but unfortunately for a bad reason. The nation capital has no fresh air to breathe at the moment due to the toxic smog that has blanketed the city for over three days.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2016 5:04 PM
Girls play with a balloon under a flyover amidst the heavy smog in New Delhi. (Reuters) Girls play with a balloon under a flyover amidst the heavy smog in New Delhi. (Reuters)

New Delhi is in the news for a bad reason. The national capital has no fresh air to breathe at the moment due to the toxic smog that has covered the city for over seven days.

Despite a raft of government measures to deal with the situation including ban on construction and demolition activities for five days, temporary closure of Badarpur Power Plant in south Delhi and sprinkling water on the roads, the city is chocking under off-the-charts smog. Some parts of the city have reported almost five times of pollution level considered ‘unhealthy’ by the US environmental protection agency.

Measurements taken at the US Embassy in Delhi put the city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 999 on Monday. The data stands off the standard chart, which finishes at the ‘hazardous’ level of 500, reported CNN.

The pollution level in New Delhi left Baoding-China’s most polluted city- far behind, as its AQI level was recorded 298.

Meanwhile, while the efforts of the government have been carried on to curb the situation, the Delhiites also opting measures to save themselves from the health hazards caused due to pollution in the city. People are thronging to shops to buy anti-pollution masks and avoiding stepping out of the doors as much as possible, especially children and elderly population.

Earlier, hundreds of people gathered to protest outside Parliament in the city center on Sunday, while others are expressing their displeasure online, posting to social media with the slogan #MyRightToBreathe.

Municipal Corporations of Delhi ordered to close nearly 580 schools under the south corporation for the entire week, while those in the jurisdiction of north and east civic bodies will be shut till Wednesday (November 13).

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    Jyoti Mitra
    Nov 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm
    At present its an overwhelming "Index Smog Formation" with destruction of cloud morphology & precipitation habits. Locally the River Yamuna has lost everything magnificent & contributing in destruction of Soil Ecology & "Nitrogen Transformation". It will bring a catastrophe if not attended with "surface information" of the entire region. Local educational outputs are a highway in ecological sphere destruction. Statistically ecosystems are null in the region. Local respiratory ailments are 7% high & abnormal. [GHG breaks continually over the region. Fluorine combines with N to modify CO. As a result the smog is heavy & maintains low alude. It can dehydrate nerves & viscosity in arteries.]
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    Chandrasekhar
    Nov 8, 2016 at 3:07 am
    Public should use public transport and pulling method for offices. Use nuclear power instead not coal and petroleum run plant for power generation. That day is no far when we have to use Of O2 packs for our daily life. Say no to CO2 emission. Delhi should impliment policy for keeping personal vehicles as Singapore is doing now.
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    Vikas C
    Nov 10, 2016 at 3:56 pm
    Boss, where is public transport? - punctual and with a seat for every penger!
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