Delhi Air Pollution: Green Court Says It Will Examine Odd-Even Rule

Delhi Air Pollution: Green Court Says It Will Examine Odd-Even Rule”

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said it would examine the Delhi government's decision to roll out odd-even vehicle rationing scheme for five days starting from November 13 at 2 pm today.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government on Thursday announced the introduction of the odd-even scheme as part of the Graded Response Plan to tackle the alarming pollution situation in the national capital.

In a release issued on Friday, Health Minister J.P. Nadda. directed officials and heads of all Central government hospitals to keep a close watch on the situation.

As residents in Delhi and its suburbs continue to suffer from worsening air quality, The George Institute for Global Health in a statement said air pollution has become "one of the major public health problems in India, especially in the northern regions".

According to the health experts, the higher air pollution levels may result in an increase in the burden of diseases -from stroke, heart ailments, lung cancer and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma. Smog conditions have intensified in the past 24 hours and air pollution rose to more than seven times the safe limit on Wednesday evening, as per the analysis of air quality index (AQI). In the short run, the high levels of pollution may result in increase in severity of symptoms of respiratory diseases.

The AQI of neighbouring Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon were also in the emergency category till yesterday.

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