Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pollution near Delhi airport fails to attract attention

New Delhi: No concrete remedial measures have been taken to check the adverse impact of air and noise pollution created by the movement of aircraft in areas near the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport area—Dwarka and R.K. Puram—even as there is much hue and cry over pollution caused by firecrackers.

According to experts, the maximum discharge of harmful gases like carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide takes place at the time of approaching towards an airport for landing and also at the time of take-off. However, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has not been updating the Air Quality Index (AQI) details of IGI area since 5 May. As on Friday 19 October, R.K. Puram shows AQI as 784 (hazardous), while Dwarka areas shows 420 (hazardous).

Social activist Anil Sood wondered whether this meant that the CPCB, Delhi Pollution Control Board (DPCC) and Union Environment Ministry are concealing something serious which otherwise is against public interest. He has apprised the agencies responsible for the menace, saying he will move court if the problems are not resolved.

Noise and air pollution near airports is a global issue, but everywhere governments have taken concrete steps to minimise its adverse effects. For example, dense forestation is done in the “landing funnel” areas—areas from where aircraft start descending for take-off or from where the distance to the aircraft is short—to absorb the hazardous gases.

According to information, out of 555 international airports, 255 have imposed “night curfew” at the airports between either 10 pm to 6am or 11pm to 7 am.
22/10/17 Navtan Kumar/Sunday Guardian Live

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