The Air Report [26/12/16]
Your weekly dose of what's killing you!
PM10 Level (Safe): 100 micrograms per cubic metre
PM10 Level (Delhi):999 PM10 Level (Beijing):112
PM2.5 Level (Safe): 60 micrograms per cubic metre
PM2.5 Level (Delhi): 341 PM2.5 Level (Beijing):217 PM2.5 Level (New York): 56
We are back. Back with perfectly bad news for a Monday.
What happened this week?
The list of fascinating decisions made by the Delhi government grow week-on-week. Apparently, jet propellers will now help us drive away air pollution. [BBC]
After all the fuss about the pollution being caused by the waste -to-energy plants, the Delhi government has responded in the best possible fashion. They have announced that they will set up two more plants at Ghazipur and Azadpur wholesale markets. [HT]
The graded action plan, which would help in enforcing a standard response to pollution levels, is going to be enforced only from next winter. Because of course, our lives will be in grave danger if the proper ‘process’ is not adhered to.
“The Supreme Court has asked us to notify it under the Environment Protection Act. There is a process involved and that has started. But even if its draft is put out, it has to be kept in public domain for at least two months,” a senior Environment Ministry official said.
And in the most important fuck-up done by the Delhi Government, DTC fares have been slashed by 75%, for the month of January. There are free passes for students, widows and senior citizens for an ENTIRE YEAR.
This comes after DTC revised its fares twice in the past 3 years. And after keeping much of its workforce on contract basis. [SnapTimes] And after incurring an operational loss of Rs. 1273.19 crore in FY 2014-15.
This is the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) speaking.
“The fleet utilisation and vehicle productivity was less than all-India averages. Route planning was deficient. The number of routes not recovering the variable cost increased from 15.24% to 63.80 % during 2010-15. Scheduled kilometres of 14.14% to 21.29% were missed. Breakdowns increased from 1.77 to 5.35 per 10,000 kilometres of operation.”
The fact that our Lieutenant-Governor has resigned is also bad. He was, arguably, at the forefront of the political efforts taken to clean up our air. Now he’s gone too.
Saturday was the most polluted day of December, yet. But who gives a fuck? Let’s just sit and talk about how much money we exchanged. [HT]
Beijing had half the pollution levels we had on last Monday. A red alert was issued, classes of primary and kindergarten children were suspended, odd-even traffic rules were brought into action, and additional public transportation was deployed. Delhi? Oh, Delhi went Christmas shopping. As this report says, we are playing a game of ‘wait, watch and choke’. [TOI]
And oh, just some report saying that men and women in Delhi may be turned infertile and bald due to air pollution. Nothing to be bothered about. [Huffington Post]