PM Wants Better Equipment for Farmers to Counter Stubble Burning

In an effort to combat stubble burning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi instructed the Agricultural Ministry to hand out better equipment to farmers to prevent such practices. This comes in the wake of massive smog problem in Delhi and other parts of north India.

Crux of the Matter
  • This has been PM Modi’s first measure to contain the winter air pollution that plagues Delhi annually.
  • Stubble burning by farmers, especially in Punjab, has been identified as a major cause of air pollution in the Delhi NCR region.
  • Proper equipment will be provided to farmers in an effort to reduce stubble burning.

Stubble burning by farmers in these three states, especially Punjab, has been identified as a major cause of air pollution in the Delhi NCR region.Stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana in northwest India has been cited as a major cause of air pollution in Delhi. In late September and October each year, farmers mainly in those two states burn an estimated 35 million tons of crop waste from their paddy fields after harvesting, as a low-cost straw-disposal practice to reduce the turnaround time between harvesting and sowing for the second (winter) crop. Read More

Bangladesh Cricketers Dismayed by Delhi’s Air Pollution

Surprised by the dismal Air Quality of Delhi, Bangladesh Cricket team decided to opt for more pollution masks. Arun Jaitley stadium, the venue of the T20 match, currently has a ‘very poor’ AQI.

Crux of the Matter
  • Bangladesh cricketers are having trouble adjusting to the infamous winter smog of Delhi.
  • Arun Jaitley Stadium currently has an AQI of 400, which is considered extremely poor.
  • Considering this, Bangladeshi officials have decided to invest in more pollution masks.
  • BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly and Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma seem confident that the match on 3rd November will proceed smoothly.

The Air Quality in Delhi, the capital of India, according to a WHO survey of 1600 world cities, is the worst of any major city in the world. Air pollution in India is estimated to kill 1.5 million people every year; it is the fifth largest killer in India. India has the world’s highest death rate from chronic respiratory diseases and asthma, according to the WHO. In Delhi, poor quality air irreversibly damages the lungs of 2.2 million or 50 percent of all children. Read More

Mumbai Breathes Cleanest Post-Diwali Air in 5 years

Amidst the festivities of Diwali, System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) released the air quality index (AQI) of Mumbai recorded on Diwali eve. PM2.5 was at 30 (good) during the daytime, which reached upto 87 (satisfactory) by the evening. Cyclone Karr and light rains were also responsible to keep the pollution in the air at a minimal level in Mumbai and neighbouring cities.

Delhi Post-Diwali Air Quality Remains Poor

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) New Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 345 on the morning after Diwali. This is the worst of the season so far but better than the past three years.

Crux of the Matter
  • The level of PM10 reached a record high of 515 micrograms per cubic metre in Anand Vihar area of New Delhi.
  • 36 of the 37 air quality monitoring stations recorded the AQI in ‘very poor’ category.
  • The government’s air quality monitor, SAFAR, predicted that Delhi’s AQI could enter the ‘severe’ category between 1 am and 6 am on Monday, majorly due to firecracker emissions and stubble burning
  • Delhi’s air quality was reported to be better than neighbouring towns of Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon and Noida which had AQI of 375, 356, 352, 375 respectively.

The National Air Quality Index (AQI) was launched in New Delhi on September 17, 2014, under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The Central Pollution Control Board along with State Pollution Control Boards has been operating the National Air Monitoring Program (NAMP) covering 240 cities of the country having more than 342 monitoring stations. AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory” 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor”, and 401-500 “severe”. Above 500 is “severe Above 500 is “severe-plus emergency” category. More Info