New Delhi Senior government officials told a committee of parliament on Friday that the infection of corona virus due to air pollution can spread at a faster rate than before. Apart from the Union Ministries of Environment and Health, senior officials of the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Punjab appeared before the Standing Committee on Urban Development on Friday. The committee met to find a ‘permanent solution’ to the problem of air pollution in Delhi and surrounding areas.
Officials of the Central Pollution Control Board and several other departments also presented their views before this committee. The agenda of this meeting said that the Parliamentary Committee would deliberate on the steps to be taken for the prevention of air pollution in Delhi and NCR, and the permanent solution to the problem would be mainly emphasized.
Central government officials expressed concern about the possibility of rapid spread of Kovid-19 due to air pollution. The Health Ministry said before the committee, “More air pollution can lead to coughing and sneezing, which will cause kovid -19 can spread at high speed.
Air pollution is reducing the average age in India
The ministry, citing a study by ‘Lancent’, said the average age in India is reduced by 1.7 years due to air pollution. The environment ministry shared the air quality data for the last four years in Delhi with the committee. The ministry said that during this period the air quality was good for only four days and 319 days was very poor. Delhi’s air quality was very poor for 78 days.
Pollution situation in Delhi at a poor level
On the other hand, the pollution situation in the national capital on Thursday morning reached the worst level in the last one year due to increase in cases of stubble burning and low wind speed. The share of stubble burning has reached 42 percent in pollution.
At the same time, air quality in the national capital remained in the “very poor” category on Friday morning. Delhi’s AQI was 397 at 10 am. On Thursday, the average AQI of 450 was recorded in 24 hours, which is the highest AQI since November 15 (458) last year. Neighboring cities Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurugram and Noida also recorded “very poor” air quality as “severe”.