Climate change and Dryland stresses, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions, Youth
How long will Delhi gasp for breath?
Air Pollution, Climate Smart Practices, National Green Tribunal, Youth in Agriculture, Micro-irrigation,GHG emissions, Holistic Farming Approach, Crop-Residue Burning
Delhi is considered one of the most polluted cities in the world. Air pollution is caused due to rising number of vehicles, industrial pollution, construction activities and reducing green cover not commensurate with rapid urbanization. Air quality worsens from mid-October to mid-November, often slipping from severe to hazardous category. A major reason ascribed to poor air quality is stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and parts of UP. The situation gets compounded by lighting of firecrackers on Diwali. Regulatory actions in Delhi (odd-even scheme) or cajoling farmers through sops (or drastic actions) have not proved successful. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) and State Pollution Control Boards have issued several directions to states to control stubble burning, but without noticeable outcomes.