EPCA to go the extra mile to tackle Delhi's pollution
NEW DELHI: On the eve of World Pollution Control Day, the Supreme Court authorised body EPCA observed that the agency is coming up with a more comprehensive plan to tackle pollution from the next year.
The members of EPCA and doctors have also asked the citizens to follow some basic safety measure throughout the winter as air quality is still "very poor".
"We have devised a Comprehensive Action Plan to battle pollution. This plan is pending before the Supreme Court.
"In this plan, we have proposed a slew of emergency, short, medium and long-term measures to control pollution," said Bhure Lal, Chairman of EPCA.
He further added that the curbing pollution is not a job of one agency but for this, every agency and the citizens should come up and join hands.
"We have suggested a number of steps like buying of electric buses and many other to the Delhi government and we expect that they will follow all these steps," said Lal.
The EPCA has also asked the Delhi government to keep a check on the health-related issues due to pollution.
The Delhi government has issued a health advisory for the people but as the air quality is still very poor for more than two months the doctors have described the condition as an emergency.
"The average number of patients presenting with symptoms of air toxicity at a clinic has risen to around 4-5 per day. Upper respiratory ailments such as tracheobronchitis, asthma and COPD top the lists," said Dr Aditi Dewan, a senior pathologist.
The experts have urged the citizens to use pollution masks.
"P Series Mask has the widest range of efficiency for today's highly polluted air. P series mask such as P95 is specifically designed for petroleum-based pollution, unlike N series masks which can break down if utilized for this purpose," said Dharmendra Kumar, an air quality specialist.
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