Combat Pollution, 5 Coal Power Plants in India Temporarily Stopped.


The Indian government is stepping up efforts to combat the pollution plaguing New Delhi. One of them is by ordering the temporary suspension of the operations of five coal-fired power plants and longer school closure.

New Delhi – as one of the most polluted capital cities in the world – is reported to be battling chronic winter smog every year. The falling temperatures will trap deadly pollutants produced by power plants, along with fumes from vehicles and trash that is burned in the open.

The Air Quality Index

Wednesday’s air quality index, which recorded 386 on a scale of 500, is a sign of very bad conditions. It threaten to cause respiratory illness with prolonged exposure. Even though it’s down from a severe figure of 499 earlier this month, it still shows that even healthy people are at risk.

The order to temporarily close five coal-fired power plants around New Delhi came from a federal Environment Ministry panel. In an order from the Ministry of Environment’s Air Quality Management Commission, “There is an interesting need to ensure air quality does not deteriorate further.

The panel has banned the transport of trucks

The panel has banned the transport of trucks carrying non-essential goods and halted construction in Delhi and neighboring cities. The ban has been extended until further notice. Meanwhile, the school closures ordered by the Delhi Government are valid for a week, starting Saturday (11/13).

“At least half of the government employees will have to work from home until November 21,” the panel added. Pollution usually worsens in November due to a spike in concentrations of small particulate matter in the air. In part because farmers burn crop waste ahead of the new growing season. PM 2.5 is the name for the tiny particle size of 2.5 microns. It’s so small that they can enter the bloodstream when they reach the lungs.

The Supreme Court criticized the government on Wednesday that neighboring cities around the capital had not been covered by work from home orders. They focused solely on temporary bans truck.

The satellite city of Gurugram on the outskirts of New Delhi, which has poor civil facilities and dusty roads. In fact, this city is home to some of the leading global companies.

This week, the court asked a ministry panel to suggest measures to reduce pollution in northern India. They also criticized government officials for failing to reduce pollution in the city of 20 million people, which is experiencing the air is toxic almost every winter.
“Basically, on November 21, you mean to say that nature will come to save you,” said Judge Surya Kant, one of the three judges on the panel, referring to the government’s hope that the haze conditions will ease once the weather turns favorable this week.

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