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Mundka residents set to lose their 147-acre open space

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New Delhi: The Kejriwal-led Delhi government’s move to set up an industrial complex in Mundka has left the residents of the area fuming.

Aiming to promote greenery across the pollution-ravaged Delhi, social activist Diwan Singh is carrying out a protest movement against the Kejriwal government.  His protest began when the government initiated a move to set up a commercial complex on the only available space of 147-acre ground in Mundka.

Diwan Singh told the NewsGram that the ground is the only available space in the locality that houses around 8 lakh people. Children come here to play as there is no other ground nearby.  However, the Delhi government is going to create an industrial complex on the ground.

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Lack of playgrounds and open space have forced the children to play on the streets making them prone to accidents. Moreover, setting up industrial complex would also increase the pollution in the city.

Diwan Singh urged the Delhi government to set up a biodiversity park with a playground encircling it. The government must refrain from creating a situation when the children curse the people in future for destroying the environment.

The social activist is running a campaign called ‘Mundka Kiradi Harit Abhiyan’ through which he is educating people and spreading awareness about the need for a healthy environment.

Backed by a dynamic and motivated team, his move is supported by professionals from the locality. He has a team of young people among them are a teacher and other professional who are motivating the public of their locality. His team did a survey in which they found out that every family has, at least, one member suffering from some disease because of the polluted air of Delhi.

A survey by the team revealed that at least one person from each family in the locality was suffering due to adverse effects of pollution.

Diwan Singh revealed that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s take on the matter had not only shocked him but also disheartened him. To Diwan Singh’s dismay Kejriwal focussed more on industrialisation rather than the future of the children.

 

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Arvind Kejriwal and PM Modi call themselves Nagar Sevaks and Champions of Swaraj but fail to consult residents who want a playground and suggest space of industrial complex away from the residential homes.

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Dusshera In Delhi Casts A Dark Blanket, Air Quality Worsens

System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR's air quality as toxic

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Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons

The National Capital and the regions around it continue to suffer a “very-poor” air quality on Friday, which according to experts, may worsen due to combined effects of Dussehra and meteorological reasons such as low winds in Delhi.

Between 6pm to 8pm, over 48 areas across the National Capital Region — 36 from Delhi alone — suffered ‘very poor air-quality’ with pollutants registering over four times the national safety standards.

Weather analysts say this may worsen as Delhi currently has very light variable winds with no definite directions, which is likely to help in aggregating the pollutants.

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In New Delhi, levels of the most dangerous particles in the air are sometimes 10 times higher than the safe limit, the survey noted. wikimedia commons

“Delhi has a negligible wind speed and morning temperatures are low. Also, many effigies were burnt across the region on Dussehera. This will push up the pollution levels,” said Mahesh Palawat, director private weather forecasting group, Skymet.

The air-quality was already ‘severe’ at Anand Vihar in east Delhi and Rohini in north Delhi, Bawana in northwest Delhi, Mundaka in West Delhi and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, acoording to the real-time monitoring taken up around 8pm by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The average presence of major pollutant PM2.5 or particle with diametre less than 2.5mm, was 129 unit across Delhi-NCR and 133 units in Delhi, which is more than twice the national safe limits. Rohini was the most polluted with PM2.5 concentration at 166 units, about three times the safe limits.

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Air pollution can also damage your kidneys. wikimedia commons

The permissible range or PM2.5 is 60 as per national standards and 25 by the international standards.

At 4pm, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 276 marked ‘poor’ against ‘moderate’ mere 48 hours back.

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Meanwhile, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR’s air quality as toxic and recommended keeping relief medicine handy. SAFAR advised everyone to avoid tiring outdoor physical activity. (IANS)