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Stuffing air pollution increases the risk of spreading corona infection

by Vijay Garg
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Pollution has reached a very dangerous condition in most areas of North India including Delhi.
The condition of the capital was found to be very poor in the air quality recorded from different places of Delhi.
Pollution has reached a very dangerous condition in most areas of North India including Delhi.  The condition is that it has become difficult to breathe now and people are being asked to stay in their homes.  By the way, the situation of pollution in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurugram is bad for the last many years and this problem starts from October every year.  The major reason for this is the stubble smoke coming from neighboring states.  But at this time the air of other cities including Delhi has deteriorated, the main reason for this has been the smoke of firecrackers.
It worked like ghee in the fire.  From the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the Delhi government, there was a ban on firecrackers, but this exercise proved to be a complete failure.  Keeping the law aside, people burst firecrackers fiercely.  As a result, there was a blanket of smoke in the sky due to the burning of firecrackers.  The situation became so serious that on the night of Diwali, there was suffocating pollution in the surrounding cities including Delhi.  If we look at the scale, the Air Quality Index has also crossed the very dangerous level and in Noida, it was recorded up to nine hundred and ninety nine.
Not only Delhi, many cities of the country are facing severe air pollution.  This is more evident when the Global Environment Institute ranks cities in their Air Pollution Index.  For the past several years, many cities in India have been registered in the first thirty polluted cities of the world.  Obviously, we are not able to deal with the deepening crisis of air pollution, but we are not hesitant to do such things knowingly which are making the air poisonous.
The Delhi Pollution Control Board has clearly said that the increase in PM-2.5 and 10 size toxic particles in the air late night of Diwali is due to the smoke of firecrackers.  Due to lack of wind, in a few hours a lot of smoke of firecrackers spread in the sky.  If so many firecrackers were not burst, then today the situation might not have got so bad.
No one is unaware of the fact that ever-increasing air pollution is making people sick.  Poisonous air is the major cause of most serious diseases.  From children to old people all are falling prey to respiratory diseases.  We have been hearing about the increase in the cases of cancer due to polluted air for the last several years.  It should also be remembered that there is no freedom from the corona crisis yet.
Doctors are repeatedly warning that due to high air pollution, the risk of spreading corona infection increases because the corona virus gets a chance to persist in polluted air and it can spread the infection much faster.  Surprisingly, even knowing all this, we shy away from taking such initiatives which can save the air from getting worse.  The issue is not limited to firecrackers only.  Whether it is of old vehicles, or stubble burning, these are issues on which the lack of consensus or the inability to move towards their solution creates concern.  To prevent pollution, only government efforts will not work, for this public participation is more important.

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