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Lit the goodness of Diwali

 

Diwali , the festival of light, is an auspicious occasion to celebrate the victorious fete over darkness. But with changing times, it also raises new complications.The exorbitant amount of firecrackers used during the festival also brings in pollution issues. Bursting of crackers not only frightens the innocuous pets at homes and disturbs the aged, it also emits harmful and hazardous gases which also affects the human body. Diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases,lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases can be triggered by the rising level of air pollution.It can also affect pregnant women and newborn babies. The resultant noise pollution can also spiked ischemic heart diseases and hearing impairment.

 

Going earthy is a great way to usher in the festival of goodness.Instead of  using numerous bulbs which consumes exorbitant electricity, handmade oil diyas is a traditional and cost effective way to decorate for the festival of lights. Not only are the clay made diyas bio-degradable, it also beautifies the occasion. Diwalis also is a special time where gifts are exchanged.It is an appropriate and thoughtful gesture if one would give their loved ones kitchen garden essentials such as chives and culantro seeds which can be grown easily on the balcony in the urban spaces. These greens will not only purify the air around but will also help provide oxygen.

This festival also sees many eager people cleaning and whitewashing their homes.A cost effective and bio-degradable approach is to decorate the rangoli with rice grains,rice paste and colourful pulses instead of the harmful and expensive powders. Flowers such as roses and marigold and green and red leaves can also be used to adorn the rangolis.

Another important aspect of this festival is the food culture.It is essential to take care of one’s health during the festive season as one tends to gorge on food that are delicious to the tastebuds but are extremely unhealthy.Oodles of sugary desserts, ladened with calories are used during the making of sweets for Diwali. Chickpeas flour, semolina and black rice along with jaggery and honey as sweeteners is recommended.Black rice pudding aren’t only classy to look at but is highly nutritious.It is not only a good source of antioxidants but anthocyanin too which aids as anti-inflammatory,anti-viral and helps in preventing cancer.

 

Isn’t it a Dream Green Gaadi

Streets of Delhi where citizens, in their air pollution masks, make their way through heavy smog, Delhiites look clueless and powerless to deal with this public health emergency. While the national capital is waking up to smog-ridden toxic days, other cities in the country are no stranger to this experience. Breathing the air is to be like smoking 50 cigarettes one day.

 

The IMA has suggested closing down of schools and urged people not to venture out.

Two young professionals, fed up from the toxic smog hanging over Delhi, spent one year researching how to convert cars into “Green Gaddis.” Now, they want to improve and spread their unique green initiative idea.

Gaurav Ahuja and Khusboo Rastogi have come up with a unique initiative idea called ‘GREEN GADDIS’
According to them” Green Gaadi is a social enterprise to promote the concept of trees plantation. We found a vacuum space available. So, we just started planting on cars.”

The plantation on car roof act as portable purifiers and Delhiites can drive around with feeling guilty about contributing to the pollution.
The main goal of Team Green Gaddi is to turn the existing transportation system into a plantation site where a vehicle can get oxygen generating species on its rooftop and in the process create more oxygen.

 

BY: Mini Singh

 

(EPCA) directs immediate actions regarding Delhi’s smog

Odd-even may be back on Delhi roads and a host of other emergency measures will kick in if pollution levels touch emergency proportions with the Centre entrusting the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA to enforce the graded response plan.

Terming air pollution in Delhi and NCR as a “matter of serious concern”, which requires “urgent action”, the Environment Ministry in its notification assigned the task to implement the plan to Environment Pollution Control and Prevention Authority (EPCA) under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

Some of the guidelines which EPCA regulated regarding this issue are:

  1.  Decision on shutting Delhi Schools in view of severe pollution by this evening: Deputy Chief Minister @msisodia. #smog
  2. Delhi-NCR govts should start preparing for measures like Odd-Even & ban on construction if pollution aggravates, says #EPCA. #smog
  3. Fine of Rs 50,000 to be imposed on road construction agencies violating dust pollution norms in Delhi-NCR: #EPCA. #smog
  4. #EPCA instructs #DelhiMetro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches. #smog

 

“High level of air pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region of Delhi has been a matter of serious concern and requires urgent measures to address the issue, particularly with reference to episodic rises in pollution levels.”

 

Mumbai competes with Delhi, Sonam Kapoor catches bronchitis due to bad air

 

Pollution has become a frequent term that our ears are attuned to and the chemical alteration spares no one when decides to trap.

Voicing on this alarming issue, actress Sonam Kapoor has recently tweeted on how she has caught breathing troubles because of air pollution. She divulges developing bronchitis and wheezing.

Here’s how the B-Town actresses tweeted agreeing to the rising problem of pollution:
Relating to the pollution issue, Richa Chadda also expressed her observation.

In a series of tweets, Richa orated how ignorance among people has paved the way for this environmental hazard causing health troubles. Corporate greed and negligent environmental standards are

Let’s have a look at what Sophie Choudry has said:

Richa Chadda also put across her views of risks related to giving birth to a baby in this polluted world with no dirt free air to breathe.

Climate fight has become a matter of concern for all of us but the best thing is that number of celebrities have pitched in to voice their concern and spreading awareness about clean air and a better environment is a welcome move.

Wake up Delhi! After Delhi’s pollution disaster, Maharashtra adopts policy to curb transport of fly ash

Delhi’s air pollution disaster a fortnight ago seems to have alerted the Maharashtra government into taking preventive measures at the earliest. On Tuesday, the state cabinet approved the State Thermal Power Plant Ash Utilisation Policy which seeks to curb transport of fly ash produced in the coal-based thermal plants and stipulates measures to utilise all coal waste at source.
The government has announced cluster development of ash-based industries, such as cement, in the vicinity of all thermal power plants. The industries, in joint venture with the government, will be given land, ash and tax incentives.
Maharashtra produces nearly 18 million tonnes of fly ash annually. While one-third of it remains unutilised, the rest is provided to cement companies for free. The ash transportation cost, a Rs 2,000 crore burden on the state exchequer annually, is also borne by power stations.
The policy has been announced after the Centre’s directive in this regard, issued early this year. Maharashtra is the first in the country to formulate such a policy. It seeks 100% compliance by the end of 2017.
Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said, “We have already received some proposals from cement companies which are willing to purchase the coal waste.” About a third of raw material used in cement is fly ash.
Fly ash can be used for making cement, pre-fabricated building material, bricks, laying roads, housing and industrial buildings, dams, flyovers, reclaiming low-lying areas, wasteland development, stowing of mines and all other construction works.
The government has directed departments like Rural Development, Public Works Development, Urban development, Tribal, Social Justice and premier schemes such as Housing for All, Pradhan Mantri and Mukhya Mantri Sadak Yojna to use at least 15% ash component in their works. The coal ash can be used in the agricultural land to increase its productivity and hence agriculture department has also been roped in to promote the fly ash among farmers. With the move, the government also hopes to bring down the cost of power generation and promises to pass it on to consumers.
The government has also decided to export fly ash after treating it with cenospheres, which is expected to generate revenue of Rs 1,500 crore. “There is a great demand of fly ash generated from power plants abroad,” said Bawankule.

The government has decided to set-up a company — Maha Gen Management Services (MahaGeMS) — to manage the ash generated at all government-run and private thermal plants in the state. Shyam Wardhane, the director of Mining in Maharashtra, has been given additional charge of the Managing Director of the under-construction company. The company will form joint ventures with private cement companies. The contribution of Mahagenco, the state-owned power generation company, will be its land and fly ash. Other investment will be done by the private partner.

If the venture is successful, it will reduce air pollution in the areas around power plants. Presently, fly ash is transported in trucks to cement plants. Many times the transporters do not pour adequate water on the fly ash and it spreads around during transportation.

“The cluster of industries can be set-up within 300-kilometer radius of the thermal plant. While those setting foot within 100-kilometer radius will have to collect ash on own expenses, for those established between 100- and 300-kilometer thermal plants will share 50% of the transport burden,” said Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.

Ash content of Indian coal is approximately 30-45% while imported coals have 10-15%. A large quantity of ash is thus being generated at coal/lignite-based thermal power stations in the country, which not only requires large areas of precious land for its disposal near power plants but is also one of the sources of pollution of both air and water

Delhi turns into Gas Chamber post diwali, Delhities lives are in huge danger.

Delhi on Wednesday morning witnessed severe level of air quality, marked with low visibility, even three days after Diwali. People are reporting breathing and respiratory problem also.
The reasons for this degradation have been attributed to smoke due to firecrackers and negligible wind speed to disperse the pollutants.
“The wind speed is zero, so is vertical wind speed according to Delhi weather department, And the bursting of cracker, apart from vehicle pollution and that from power plants added to it, It will all make life of delhities more dangerous and it will lead to lung cancer and several respiratory problems. I suggest Delhities to use mask to stay safe” Dr. Pradeep Sethi told exclusive to Newsleakcentre.

According to System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the air quality index in Delhi on Wednesday touched the 500 mark, marked severe.

The next three days is forecast to be just as severe in the national capital, according to SAFAR.

‘Dilwalon ki Dilli’ gets chocked before Diwali, not because of crackers but traffic

Diwali is three days away and the traffic in Delhi is already choking the whole city. Even for commuting on a 14 km journey, its taking more than 4 hrs to the Delhietes! Already feeling suffocated of the jams right?
Seems like sharing posts such as ‘Say no to crackers’ are not going to help at all.

An immense increase in the air pollution rate has also been noticed even three days before Diwali! Wonder if mere vehicles can harm ‘dilwalon ki dilli’ to this extent, what will the crackers do.

Dip in air quality has been primarily caused by an increase in vehicular traffic in the festival season and poor dispersal of pollutants due to cloudy morning conditions.

To counter heavy traffic during the festival rush, more traffic cops have been deployed on roads till late evening.

“To control traffic during evening hours, the traffic police have changed deployment plans for the week, taking out staff from morning peak hour duty and putting them on evening duty. The special arrangement will remain effective between 4 pm and 11 pm,” said Garima Bhatnagar, joint CP (traffic).

But even after such efforts, there were no improvements in the traffic conditions!
In such conditions, several global cities issue emergency directions to shut down certain sources of pollution.

Neither Delhi or the Centre has a policy in place to issue health warnings despite deliberations on the subject for a couple of years now.