New Delhi: According to Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Babul Supriyo, initiatives taken by the Government for abatement and control of air pollution in Delhi and NCR since 2016 have borne good results. There is overall improvement in air quality of Delhi in 2019 (From January 2019 to 18 November 2019) successively since 2016.
Number of ‘Good’ to ‘Moderate’ days increased to 175 in 2019, as compared to 158 in 2018, and number of ‘Poor’ to ‘Severe’ days reduced to 147, compared to 164 in 2018.
As per Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) data, the number of ‘Good’, ‘Satisfactory’, and ‘Moderate’ days has progressively increased to 159 in 2018, as compared to 152 in 2017, and 106 in 2016. The number of ‘Poor’, ‘Very Poor’ and ‘Severe’ days has reduced to 206, compared to 213 in 2017, and 246 in 2016.
In Delhi, reduction in PM2.5 levels in 2018 is 7.3% over 2017, and 14.8% over 2016. In Delhi, reduction in PM10 levels in 2018 is 8.6% over 2017, and 16.5% over 2016.
For field feedback on air polluting activities in Delhi and major NCR towns, 46 teams of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have been deployed since 7 October.
This information was provided by Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Babul Supriyo in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
An earlier report published by Indus Dictum found that poor air quality is lowering life expectancy by 7 years in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Punjab & Haryana. Researchers associated with the study on Air Quality Life Index said the huge impact on life expectancy was due to a 72% increase in pollution from 1998 to 2016 in the regions.