Scientists and air pollution experts are calling for Indian government officials to back a ten-point plan to improve air quality following a severe episode at the beginning of November when New Delhi was blanketed under an unprecedented cloud of choking smog.
There was a state of health emergency in Delhi on Sunday 6th November as toxic pollutants reached severe levels. This whole week fine particulate levels continued to be well above Indian government standards with air quality defined as “poor” or “very poor”.
The new report, ‘Breathing Cleaner Air’, by a task force of eminent Indian and international experts, outlines solutions that can significantly reduce air pollution, including critical near-term measures such as:
The report also recommended for creation of a new National Clean Air Mission for implementing policies for air pollution mitigation across several central Ministries, as well as across city and state jurisdictions. In line with this, the judiciary in India has already ordered that a committee be formed with representation from central and state governments to coordinate across different administrative jurisdictions to prevent life-threatening pollution in the Delhi National Capital Region.