Kejriwal urges Haryana, Punjab CMs to jointly tackle air pollution

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The National Human Rights Commission NHRC today sent notices to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana in view of "life-threatening" pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR region.

The secretary, ministry of health and family welfare is expected to provide details about the preparedness of the government hospitals and other agencies to attend to the people affected by pollution and steps taken to create awareness among the public at large.

"Proper implementation of the environmental laws is necessary". As per reports, the air quality index has dangerously crossed the 448 points which is very alarming.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that a situation of "job scarcity" has arisen in the country as the country's economy has reached a "sad state" due to demonetisation and GST.

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Notices were also issued to the secretaries of the Union ministries of environment, health and highways and road transport along with the chief secretaries of the governments of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.

There is also a need for preventive medical check-ups for the people.

The wind speed is now around 3 metres per second, Sudhakar said, explaining it is inadequate to disperse particulate matter like PM2.5 and PM10.

Delhiites woke up to yet another smoggy morning on Wednesday, 8 November, as air quality remained in the "severe" category in several parts of the city.

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EPCA chairman Bhure Lal and member Sunita Narain directed the municipal bodies in the region to immediately enhance parking fees by four times and instructed the Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches and ensure frequent services.

"A bench headed by the NGT Chairperson Justice Swantanter Kumar said: "No construction activity will be carried out on structures until further orders... all industrial activities in Delhi-NCR which are causing emissions will also not be allowed to carry on their functioning" till November 14".

"More than 40-50 percent small ventures and industries have been shut down in industrial areas of Delhi, which has shaken the economy as thousands of youth working in those ventures became jobless", said Kejriwal.

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