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Kejriwal leads ‘Car Free Day’; pollution level drops by 60%

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New Delhi: The city witnessed a 60 per cent drop in the air pollution on the first Car Free Day, said a report released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Thursday.

The car-free initiative as well as the low traffic load on Dussehra has helped lower the pollution levels and toxic exposure in the city.

“Today (Thursday), the air particulate matter (PM 2.5) was 265 micrograms per cubic metre (cu m) in comparison to a normal day, when the particulate normally was 689 micrograms per cu m,” said the report released on Thursday evening.

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people’s health when its levels in the air are high.

PM2.5 are tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee too has supported the CSE report and has observed overall drop of 45 percent in PM2.5 level in the city.

The car-free day in Delhi was observed on the stretch between Red Fort and India Gate with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leading a cycle rally in the morning.

“This initiative of the Delhi government has only helped to prove how the growing car numbers in the city aggravate toxic pollution. If these numbers are controlled, pollution can be lowered significantly,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director (research and advocacy), CSE.

The exposure monitoring on the road was carried out by CSE first on October 21, a regular day, and during the car-free event on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to social media to share the impact of car free day, saying we need to reduce traffic.

In the series of tweets, he said: “Almost 60 percent reduction in pollution noted on that road. It means traffic is main culprit. We have to reduce traffic.”

“Comfortable, reliable, accessible public transport system and better designed roads is the key. I’ll personally work on this,” he added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Delhi Government to ban entry and exit of horses

In December, west Delhi was notified as a controlled area after seven horses were tested positive for the disease

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Delhi Government to soon ban horses, donkeys and mule in and around the city. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi Government to soon ban horses, donkeys and mule in and around the city. Wikimedia Commons
  • Delhi government will soon put a ban on movement of animals in and outside the city.
  • The reason is cited as the spread of Gladers disease, which was found in many horses in the past two months.
  • Delhi government has involved Police, Army and Union government in this decision of theirs.

The Delhi government has decided to ban movement of horses, mules, and donkeys in and out of the city border due to the spread of Glanders disease, Rural Development Minister Gopal Rai said here on Friday.

The ban is imposed due to the spread of Glanders disease around the city. Wikimedia Common
The ban is imposed due to the spread of Glanders disease around the city. Wikimedia Common

Glanders disease has been detected in around 40 horses in the city over the past two months and the government will issue a notification on the ban within two days, he said after a meeting of Delhi government with officials of Union Animal Husbandry Department, police, army and city municipal corporations here.

In December, west Delhi was notified as a controlled area after seven horses were tested positive for the disease.

An Animal Husbandry Department official told IANS that this was the first outbreak in the city. IANS