Supreme Court Orders Centre to Use Hydrogen-Based Fuel Technology to Eradicate Delhi Air Pollution
As the air quality once again crossed the hazardous levels in Delhi and nearby areas, the Supreme Court (SC) has directed the central government to explore the possibility of using hydrogen-based fuel technology to tackle the air pollution crisis in northern India.
The government has assured the SC that it is exploring the technology, including those that Japan has used to combat air pollution. The Centre will submit a report on the feasibility of hydrogen-based fuel technology by December 3.
Every year, the air quality in Delhi deteriorates during the winters, owing to the crop residue burning and decline in wind speed. Supreme Court asked the Centre to find a permanent solution for the air pollution that has been ailing the citizens of north India.
Apparently, the national capital of the Indian subcontinent has been shrouded in the toxic haze for past many weeks now. Incessant cases of stubble burning in the neighboring states of Haryana, Punjab, and Utter Pradesh have pushed the poor air quality to the severe and emergency categories on Air Quality Index (AQI).
On the morning of November 13, the overall AQI in the city was 494. The increased level of airborne PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles can reach the lungs, resulting in many respiratory diseases.
The odd-even scheme of Delhi government does not seem to be having much impact as all the efforts that are being done in the city keep getting nullified by the constant stubble burning in neighboring states.
According to the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research, the AQI is likely to deteriorate further to ‘severe’ category before it improves towards ‘very poor’ due to a little increase in the wind speed.
The citizens have been advised to remain indoors as much as possible till the air quality improves.