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Delhi students studying in polluted school air: Report

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New Delhi: Giving a hit to the Delhi government’s claims of improvement in the atmosphere of the city through the odd-even scheme, a Greenpeace India study found high levels of metals in the air. Though, the samples were collected since last October.

The high density of metal in air impacts the cognitive and motoric development of a child. Samples were collected from schools in Paschim Vihar, Tagore garden and Meera bagh and testing was done in England.

Report said that most of the sample showed the dangerous level of metallic presence in the air. In Paschim Vihar, the level of cadmium exceeded the safe limit and in Tagore Garden, it was arsenic concentration. Same way in Meera Bagh, the levels of lead and nickel were too much.

The concerning factor is that samples were collected from schools which mean Children are exposed to dangerous air and it can lead them to diseases like cancer.

“Exposure to even small quantities continuously can be hazardous. The result signifies that schoolchildren are exposed to exceeding levels of heavy metals that increase the risk of cancer and developmental problems. More the PM2.5 concentrations, higher will be the exposure to heavy metals,” said Sunil Dahiya, campaigner, Greenpeace India.

Greenpeace report suggested that Delhi needs to take strict action to counter this and reduce the children’s exposure to the polluted atmosphere.

Delhi was declared one of the most polluted city which forced Delhi government to roll out odd even scheme to counter it. Today, coincidently marks the end the practice of odd even scheme. The data of these 15 days will be collected and on the basis of its results, a decision will be taken whether this scheme will be back or not in future.

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11th Edition of The IAAF Gold Label Race Postponed to October 21

Procam International Joint Managing Director Vivek Singh, said: "This year is a special milestone for us, as Program completes 30 years and to see our vision taking shape in this fashion is very satisfying."

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Around 35,000 running enthusiasts are expected to take part in the Gold Label Race. Flickr
Around 35,000 running enthusiasts are expected to take part in the Gold Label Race. Flickr

In a move to avoid the winter smog and pollution in the national capital, Procam International, the organisers of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM), on Thursday advanced the 11th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Race to October 21.

Around 35,000 running enthusiasts are expected to take part in the annual race, as the organisers announced the registrations for all five categories — Half Marathon (21.097km), Great Delhi Run (6km), Open 10K, Senior Citizens Run (4.3km) and Champions with Disability Run (2.4Km).

The registration for the Gold Label Half Marathon and Open 10K will commence on Friday and stay open till September 7. Flickr
The registration for the Half Marathon and Open 10K will commence on Friday and stay open till September 7. Flickr

The registration for the Half Marathon and Open 10K will commence on Friday and stay open till September 7. Registrations for the Great Delhi Run, Senior Citizens’ Run and the Champions with Disability Run will also open on Friday and close on September 28.

Announcing the details of the upcoming race, Procam International Joint Managing Director Vivek Singh, said: “This year is a special milestone for us, as Procam completes 30 years and to see our vision taking shape in this fashion is very satisfying.”

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“When we introduced this distance in Delhi, we always believed that it had the potential to be one of the world’s most prestigious races and more importantly get Delhi running,” he added. (IANS)

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