Dangerous Level of Air Pollution In Delhi/NCR

India's environment ministry to Start Clean Air for Delhi’ Campaign from Feb 10

India's environment ministry to Start Clean Air for Delhi’ Campaign from Feb 10

India's federal ministry of environment, forest and climate change to take step overcoming the increasing pollution in Delhi will start a campaign for clean air in New Delhi from February 10, officials said Monday. The government also said that it had formulated the National Clean Air Programme, or NACP, to combat air pollution in a time-bound manner in the long run.

Sharma was replying to a question on a study in the Lancet Medical Journal in November 2017, which said that Indians were the worst affected in the world by air pollution.

The article reported that five leading risk factors for Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) in 2016 are child and maternal malnutrition, air pollution, dietary risks, high systolic blood pressure and high fasting plasma glucose.

The Pollution Control Department (PCD) warned vulnerable Bangkok people, such as those with heart and respiratory diseases, a warning on Monday to avoid outdoor activities during this period as the PM2.5 level had reached 89 micrograms per cubic metre in recent days.

"Health effects of air pollution are synergistic manifestation of factors which include food habits, occupational habits, socio-economic status, medical history, immunity, heredity etc., of the individuals", he said.

"The NCAP focuses on collaborative and participatory approach comprising all sources of pollution and coordination between relevant central ministries, state governments, local bodies and other stakeholders", he said.

The Government has taken several steps to address air pollution which inter alia, include notification of National Ambient Air Quality Standards, setting up of monitoring network for assessment of ambient air quality; introduction of cleaner / alternate fuels like gaseous fuel, ethanol blending; launching of National Air Quality Index.

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