Wednesday November 13, 2019

Delhi Forest Department Plans to Develop 11 City Forests During Monsoon

Environment Minister Imran Hussain has directed the department to ensure at least six of these are developed in the monsoon season

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The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest informed the Minister that his department has proposed to develop 11 city forests during in 2019-20. Pixabay

Delhi’s Forest Department plans to develop 11 forests across the city during the current financial year. Environment Minister Imran Hussain has directed the department to ensure at least six of these are developed in the monsoon season.

Hussain today reviewed the action plan for developing the city’s forest and programme and for carrying out “mega tree plantation” during the monsoon season, the government said in a statement.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest informed the Minister that his department has proposed to develop 11 city forests during in 2019-20. Hussain directed the department to ensure that at least six city forests are developed early in the monsoon season itself.

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Hussain directed the department to ensure that at least six city forests are developed early in the monsoon season itself. Wikimedia Commons

“The Forest Department was directed by the Minister to submit a detailed action plan, including timelines, for of development of six city forests immediately,” the statement said.

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The Minister also directed the department to submit a proposal for carrying out mega tree plantation drive to be organized in the last week of July.

“The proposal should clearly indicate the agency-wise targets along with locations for carrying out tree plantation with active participation of people, especially children,” it said. (IANS)

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Alarming Pollution Levels Causing Eye Problems in Delhi

"See an eye doctor as soon as possible and avoid prolonged exposure of eyes to pollution," the experts added

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Delhi air quality continues to be 'very poor'. VOA

With pollution levels reaching alarming levels in the national capital, ophthalmologists have observed a sharp rise in the number of patients suffering from eye problems including allergy, burning and itching.

According to Ikeda Lal, an opthalmologist at the Delhi Eye Centre and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, pollutants and dust in the air is one of the major reasons for causing eye allergy and other related problems.

“We are observing an increase in number of patients coming to us with complains of redness, itching, watering in the eyes. Patients with pre-existing dry eyes are experiencing exacerbation due to high pollution,” Lal said.

He added that opthalmologists were observing almost increase of 30-35 per cent in the number of patients coming with eye-related problems.

“Due to increasing pollution, there is increase in the incidence of dry eye and ocular allergy. This is causing discomfort even in normal eyes and aggravates the eye complaints in eyes that are prone to dryness and allergies,” said Rajesh Sinha, Professor of Ophthalmology, AIIMS.

“If care is not taken immediately, some of these eyes can have reduced vision due to this problem as well,” he added.

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People in India are also at a risk of developing cardiovascular diseases due to the air pollution. Pixabay

Lal also said that people with complains of itching in the eyes are likely to suffer from allergic eye disease.

Patients with pre-existing dry eyes may experience excessive dryness, irritation and burning due to ocular surface inflammation.

In case of any eye related problems, consulting an ophthalmologist is recommended and exposure to polluted air should be minimized, the doctor said.

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To deal with eye related allergies caused due to pollution, Doctors suggests that do not rub eyes if they itch, wash eyes with clean water; repeat if it still feels uncomfortable, cold compresses also help in relieving mild itching.

“See an eye doctor as soon as possible and avoid prolonged exposure of eyes to pollution,” the experts added. (IANS)