IS THE GOVT. DOING ENOUGH TO COMBAT POLLUTION IN DELHI?

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Delhi air pollution: City schools stop all early morning outdoor activities

Deteriorating air quality in the capital has resulted in some top private schools suspending outdoor activities for students. Some others, however, maintained they will monitor the situation and take necessary precautions in the coming days.
On Saturday, Sanskriti School sent a message to parents, saying, “Please note that due to the high pollution levels/ unfavourable weather conditions in Delhi, the morning sports practice has been suspended for a few days…”

SOURCE – INDIAN EXPRESS

Days Before Delhi Marathon, Doctors Warn Runners Of Pollution Risks

NEW DELHI: Aman Awasthi, 61, moved to Delhi in 2004. After developing a heart condition, his doctors advised a strict diet and regular exercise. So Mr Awasthi made it a point to walk for 30 minutes and top up the hour running every morning. “How ironic that now doctors are saying don’t run. It will turn out to be unhealthy. This is the price of retiring in a city,” he said.

On a sunny but somewhat foggy morning, a group of Lycra-clad runners stretch their hamstrings in Delhi’s Nehru Park. Sporting yoga mats, water bottles, breathing masks and heartbeat monitors, the group is meeting for their weekly training for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.

Now, they don’t know for sure whether the event will be held at all.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has asked the organisers to cancel the marathon to be held on November 19 at 7 am amid rising level of air pollution in the national capital. Health experts are saying that bad air quality can aggravate existing lung diseases and asthma.

“High PM2.5 levels can increase blood pressure and increase the risk of acute cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. Hence, we demand that the event be cancelled immediately and be organised at a later date when air quality gets better,” the IMA said in a statement.

SOURCE – NDTV

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