New Delhi, India holds an emergency meeting to control pollution
The New Delhi Municipal Government of India said on the 16th local time that in order to encourage people to travel by public transport and reduce exhaust emissions, the New Delhi Municipal Government will lease 1,000 buses from private companies to increase the city’s public transport capacity. This measure will be implemented for one month.
At the request of the Supreme Court of India, the parties held an emergency meeting on pollution control in New Delhi on the 16th. The chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi attended the meeting. The Supreme Court has instructed the central government and state governments to take practical measures to solve the current situation in New Delhi where air pollution has deteriorated rapidly and all parties have done nothing. Local media reported that in the past 10 days, the number of patients who are not seeking medical attention due to air pollution has doubled.
In order to control pollution, New Delhi may adopt stricter blockade measures in the near future, and local businessmen are very worried about this. They believe that after the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted, businesses in New Delhi are recovering, and the resumption of the lockdown will make their livelihoods difficult. Businessmen criticized the New Delhi government’s current practices for evasive attention. Atul Bargaff, chairman of the New Delhi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “The cars driven by the people are not the source of pollution. The main causes of pollution are straw burning, industrial production, and dust from construction sites. We should start to control pollution from these aspects.” (General Manager Taiwan reporter Wang Jianbing)