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Minimise air pollution in Delhi by strictly implementing laws: HC

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday, observing that air pollution in Delhi is of an “emergency nature”, asked all authorities here to ensure that all rules are implemented to minimise the pollution level.

A division bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said: “It is their (authorities) prime duty to ensure all rules are followed because the situation that has arisen today is of emergency nature.”

Further observing, that there are rules and acts to ensure maintenance of air quality levels but authorities have not done their work, the bench asked them to follow the rules.

Taking note that the pollution level has gone up on a year to year basis, the court asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to analyse the data available from 2011 onwards and provide the court a monthly average chart of each pollutant.

It has also been asked to give a weekly chart of the pollutants during the months from October to February for all the years from 2011 to 2015.

DPCC has also been asked to furnish details of action taken by it against any violations in the last five years.

On the rising levels of landfill sites in Delhi which handle 8,500 metric tonnes of waste generated by the city each day, the court said that the solid waste management rules were not implemented in Delhi.

“Himalayan range is developing in Delhi,” remarked the bench, as it posted the matter for January 14, 2016.

The court was hearing a PIL seeking measures to control increasing air pollution in the national capital.(IANS)

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#DelhiAirEmergency and #DelhiPollution Trending on Twitter Among People

Several other users pointed to the health risks of breathing toxic air

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Some Twitter users even criticised teenage Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg for not tweeting anything on the rising pollution levels in Delhi. Pixabay

From wearing masks and staying indoors to working from home, suggestions to deal with the deadly air pollution in Delhi flooded Twitter on Sunday as people took to social media to vent their anger on politicians for their inactions.

“Keep those damned windows closed, y’all. Don’t go out. #DelhiAirEmergency #smog,” wrote one user.

#DelhiAirEmergency and #DelhiPollution were among the top trends on Twitter on Sunday.

“Imagine if this is happening at Capital and still we are seeing such laziness from authorities. We can imagine how they will treat small cities/states. Just because all the major parties are at fault doesn’t mean it’s ok if you don’t take action. #DelhiAirEmergency,” wrote another user.

Some users even criticised teenage Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg for not tweeting anything on the rising pollution levels in Delhi.

“All offices in Delhi and NCR should ask all employees to do work from home till this situation improves. It will help reduction in pollution level to some extent. #DelhiAirEmergency,” tweeted one user.

With a thick smog engulfing the Delhi airport and areas surrounding it, as many as 32 flights were diverted to nearby cities on Sunday.

The pollution in Delhi, however, did not stop some users from creating some very relevant and yet funny memes.

“Nahi bachega mai idhaar, mar jayega main,” read the caption of an image showing actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui from the Netflix series “Sacred Games”.

Several other users pointed to the health risks of breathing toxic air.

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#DelhiAirEmergency and #DelhiPollution were among the top trends on Twitter on Sunday. Pixabay

“I’m saying this again, and I will, till things improve, we really need to tackle #pollution in Delhi-NCR, or we’re simply just raising a generation with unhealthy lungs and a lifetime of breathing issues,” wrote one user.

Hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) have witnessed a rise in cases linked to respiratory and eye problems following the spike in pollution levels over the past one week. Exposure to air pollution is also very harmful for heart patients and kids.

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“Exposure to certain chemicals post Diwali can trigger a variety of heart-related problems ranging from increased blood pressure or irregular heartbeat to heart attacks or even sudden cardiac arrest, especially amongst the elderly population,” Sundeep Mishra, professor of cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said in a statement. (IANS)