It is very unfortunate that year on year we keep going through the ordeal of extremely poor AQIs in the NCR region. Polluting vehicles and construction dust are the major contributors . And with the meteorological challenges of slow winds and drop in temperature , these four winter months literally convert the NCR region into a ” gas chamber “. Respiratory sufferings increase.Itchy throat and watery eyes are common side effects. Long term exposures are of much more serious nature .
To add to the miseries , stubble burning in farming states does further damage .Diwali crackers add in deteriorating air quality. The days immediately after Diwali are ruthless , especially in this post covid era when several people are still recovering from lung infections.
What is needed are strong measures throughout the year like penalties for defaulters who are generating pollution, more smog towers, planting trees , EV more on roads , use of public transport, cycling tracks for works , e cycles etc, said by Rajiva Singh, President, NOFAA.