Wednesday, May 16, 2018

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air But more countries are taking action: WHO

GENEVA – Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.

“Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “It is unacceptable that over 3 billion people – most of them women and children – are still breathing deadly smoke every day from using polluting stoves and fuels in their homes. If we don’t take urgent action on air pollution, we will never come close to achieving sustainable development.”

7 million deaths every year

WHO estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in the polluted air that penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections, including pneumonia.

Ambient air pollution alone caused some 4.2 million deaths in 2016, while household air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels and technologies caused an estimated 3.8 million deaths in the same period.

More than 90% of air pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, followed by low- and middle-income countries of the Eastern Mediterranean region, Europe and the Americas.

Around 3 billion people – more than 40% of the world’s population – still do not have access to clean cooking fuels and technologies in their homes, the main source of household air pollution. WHO has been monitoring household air pollution for more than a decade and, while the rate of access to clean fuels and technologies is increasing everywhere, improvements are not even keeping pace with population growth in many parts of the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

WHO recognizes that air pollution is a critical risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), causing an estimated one-quarter (24%) of all adult deaths from heart disease, 25% from stroke, 43% from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 29% from lung cancer.

More countries taking action

More than 4300 cities in 108 countries are now included in WHO’s ambient air quality database, making this the world’s most comprehensive database on ambient air pollution. Since 2016, more than 1000 additional cities have been added to WHO’s database which shows that more countries are measuring and taking action to reduce air pollution than ever before.

The database collects annual mean concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5). PM2.5 includes pollutants, such as sulfate, nitrates and black carbon, which pose the greatest risks to human health. WHO air quality recommendations call for countries to reduce their air pollution to annual mean values of 20 μg/m3 (for PM10) and 10 μg/m3 (for PM25).

“Many of the world’s megacities exceed WHO’s guideline levels for air quality by more than 5 times, representing a major risk to people’s health,” says Dr Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Public Health, Social and Environmental Determinants of Health, at WHO. “We are seeing an acceleration of political interest in this global public health challenge. The increase in cities recording air pollution data reflects a commitment to air quality assessment and monitoring. Most of this increase has occurred in high-income countries, but we hope to see a similar scale-up of monitoring efforts worldwide.” 

While the latest data show ambient air pollution levels are still dangerously high in most parts of the world, they also show some positive progress. Countries are taking measures to tackle and reduce air pollution from particulate matter. For example, in just two years, India’s Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme has provided some 37 million women living below the poverty line with free LPG connections to support them to switch to clean household energy use. Mexico City has committed to cleaner vehicle standards, including a move to soot-free buses and a ban on private diesel cars by 2025.
Major sources of air pollution from particulate matter include the inefficient use of energy by households, industry, the agriculture and transport sectors, and coal-fired power plants. In some regions, sand and desert dust, waste burning and deforestation are additional sources of air pollution. Air quality can also be influenced by natural elements such as geographic, meteorological and seasonal factors.

Air pollution does not recognize borders. Improving air quality demands sustained and coordinated government action at all levels. Countries need to work together on solutions for sustainable transport, more efficient and renewable energy production and use and waste management. WHO works with many sectors including transport and energy, urban planning and rural development to support countries to tackle this problem.

Key findings:

  • WHO estimates that around 90% of people worldwide breathe polluted air. Over the past 6 years, ambient air pollution levels have remained high and approximatively stable, with declining concentrations in some part of Europe and in the Americas. 
  • The highest ambient air pollution levels are in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and in South-East Asia, with annual mean levels often exceeding more than 5 times WHO limits, followed by low and middle-income cities in Africa and the Western Pacific.
  • Africa and some of the Western Pacific have a serious lack of air pollution data. For Africa, the database now contains PM measurements for more than twice as many cities as previous versions, however, data was identified for only 8 of 47 countries in the region.
  • Europe has the highest number of places reporting data.
  • In general, ambient air pollution levels are lowest in high-income countries, particularly in Europe, the Americas and the Western Pacific.  In cities of high-income countries in Europe, air pollution has been shown to lower average life expectancy by anywhere between 2 and 24 months, depending on pollution levels. 
“Political leaders at all levels of government, including city mayors, are now starting to pay attention and take action,” adds Dr Tedros.  “The good news is that we are seeing more and more governments increasing commitments to monitor and reduce air pollution as well as more global action from the health sector and other sectors like transport, housing and energy.”

With Thanks: WHO

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Congratulations to our Government, our Civic Agencies, all the multiple authorities for this great achievement

tagged again as the  City in the world. CONGRATULATIONS to our Government, our Civic Agencies, all the multiple authorities, for this great achievement.

tagged again as the city in the world. Thanks to the No Vehicular policy, burning mountains of Garbage, Traffic Jam & Encroachment all over. Delhi has done it again. CONGRATULATIONS!

tagged again as the city in the world. With just 30,000 deaths in Delhi NCR out of the 2.2 million in Southeast Asia, with a Risk factor of just 25% of all deaths due to Heart diseases, 24% of the Strokes & 29% of the Lung Cancer. Delhi has done it again. CONGRATULATIONS!

tagged again as the  city in the world. Any takers of the CREDIT for this great achievement? Delhiites are generous, highest Taxpayers, highest contributors to the GDP, living in a Highly Polluted City with the highest rate of Deaths. What else we are looking for?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WOW ! All the encroachments to go in two weeks time

All the encroachments to go in two wks time. Sounds great. Can just hope that the pavements will be free for pedestrians and roads will be free for the traffic. Waiting eagerly to see the actual outcome.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

B S Vohra - an Environment Activist of Delhi

It started with various Published RTIs, various awareness camps, various conferences, various media coverages, and the journey is still ON with no end visible anywhere. WHO says over 30,000 persons are killed every year just due to the pollution. UNICEF says that brains of our kids are shrinking due to the pollution. Chicago University says residents of Delhi & NCR are losing 6 to 9 years of their life due to pollution. But no constructive steps visible anywhere. We the residents have to come forward to raise our huge voice, otherwise, Delhi will soon be a thing of the past.  Who will vouch for the Most polluted, most congested, city that faces Traffic jams, encroachment, potholes, waterlogging, sanitation strikes and a whole lot of nightmares, at almost every corner?

You can contact Mr. B S Vohra, Environment Activist, President, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation, on his Email ID:  Being the president of the RWAs Federation, he is also very active on all kind of issues concerning the masses.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

अब बिजली भी रुलाने लगी

अब बिजली भी रुलाने लगी: कृष्णा नगर, ईस्ट दिल्ली: Dainik Jagran ( East Delhi ) Front Page & बिजली कटौती से भी झूझने लगे लोग: कृष्णा नगर, ईस्ट दिल्ली: Live Hindustan: B S Vohra

Pollution control equipment installed at Krishna Nagar by East Delhi RWAs Joint Front

In a war against Pollution and to give clean air to the residents, East Delhi RWAs Joint Front has installed an open-air Pollution control equipment that SUCKS the Air from a radius of 60Ft, FILTERS  the pollutants such as PM10 as well PM2.5 and DISPERSES the clean air, as a relief to the Lungs of the people. 

"To offer clean air to the residents is a True Sewa today, and that too in a city where over 30 thousand persons are killed every year just due to the pollution”, said B S Vohra, President of the East Delhi RWAs Joint Front – Federation. "We are looking for more such places that have a moderate/huge footfall, for installing more such devices, for the benefit of the residents/visitors", says Vohra. 

कृष्णा नगर मे, ईस्ट दिल्ली RWAs जॉइंट फ्रंट के सहयोग से एक पोल्यूशन कंट्रोल एक्विपमेंट लगाया गया

पूर्वी दिल्ली के कृष्णा नगर मेईस्ट दिल्ली RWAs जॉइंट फ्रंट के सहयोग से एक पोल्यूशन कंट्रोल एक्विपमेंट लगाया गया हैयह Air प्यूरिफाइयर आस पास के लगभग 60 फुट के दायरे से पोल्यूटेड हवा को खींच करउसे फिल्टर करकेसॉफ हवा को वापिस भेजता है ताकि उस सॉफ हवा मे साँस लेने वाले लोगों को कुछ रिलीफ मिल सके.

यह एक्विपमेंटपोल्यूटेड हवा को फिल्टर करते हुए PM10  PM2.5 जैसे पोल्यूटेंट्स को निकल बाहर करता है जिससे किसी भी तरह की साँस की प्राब्लम वाले लोगों बचों को रिलीफ मिल सकता हैयह एक्विपमेंट कृष्णा नगर के एक गुरुद्वारे मे लगाया गया है ताकि लोगों को आत्मिक ज्ञान के साथ साथ शारीरिक आराम भी मिल सके.

ईस्ट दिल्ली RWAs जॉइंट फ्रंट के प्रेसीडेंटबी एस वोहरा का कहना था की यह पोल्यूटेंट्स लोगों  के लंग्ज़ मेदिल मे और यहाँ तक की आर्टिलेरीएस मे घुस कर उन्हे ब्लॉक कर देते हैं जिससे की लोगों को Brain स्ट्रोककारडिक अरेस्ट  अस्थमा जैसे बीमारिओं का सामना करना पड़ता है

उनका कहना था की इस मोस्ट पोल्यूटेड दिल्ली मे यह एक्विपमेंट एक वरदान साबित हो सकता हैक्योंकि दिल्ली NCR मे हर साल 30000 से ज़्यादा लोग सिर्फ़ इस पोल्यूशन के कारण मारे जाते हैंउनका कहना था की दिल्ली की सभी RWAs  MTAs को सामने आना चाहिए ताकि लोगों की बेशक़ीमती जान को बचाया जा सके.

इस मोके पर गुरुद्वारे के पर्धान शमशेर सिंग ने भी खुशी जाहिर की और कहा की सभी गुरुद्वारों  मंदिरों मे इस तरह की मशीने लगनी चाहिए जिससे की लोगों को शारीरिक लाभ मिल सके.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Civic bodies step up measures to check dengue outbreak in National Capital - DNA

In a bid to resist another dengue outbreak in the national Capital, the civic bodies have stepped up measures to check mosquito breeding in both residential and isolated areas. From conducting anti-larval activities to door-to-door visits, all three Delhi Municipal Corporations -- North, East and South -- are trying to leave no stone unturned this year. However, residents say that they are not aware of any such activities in their areas.

With complaints of excessive mosquito breeding pouring in from across the Capital, the civic bodies say that they have increased the frequency of their door-to-door visits in the past few days. "We have been receiving numerous complaints of an excessive rise in mosquitoes in Delhi and following which we intensified our measures to tackle the issue. More such activities will be done in the coming days," said Yogendra Singh Mann, spokesperson for North and East civic bodies.
"Anti-larval activities are ongoing near the Yamuna and areas that have stagnant water points such as open drains. Anti-malaria teams are on their toes and they have intensified their door-to-door visits to check mosquito breeding," he said.
Meanwhile, residents claim that they are not witnessing all these activities in their localities. "I have seen no one from the authorities, taking rounds in the colonies to keep a check on the state of drainages and dumping grounds. If the authorities don't come to the ground and see the sorry state, how can they provide a solution for the issue?" asked JR Gupta, president, Senior Citizen Council of Delhi.
Echoing the sentiment, BS Vohra, president, Federation of Residents Welfare Association, said, "Just because the authorities fail to complete their duty on time, the residents all over Delhi have to suffer. Lakhs of rupees are wasted on medical check-ups. Moreover, the ways to curb this problem is also not carried out in a proper manner."
Explaining the reason behind these complaints, officials at the civic bodies claim that over 55 percent of the posts including malaria officers, malaria inspectors, field workers and domestic breeding checkers (DBCs) have been lying vacant for the past two years. "With such a less staff, it is a challenge to have ground inspections of every area which increases the possibility of breeding going unchecked. This raises major concerns for public health," said a senior officer from the North Corporation.
A massive outbreak of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya has taken a toll on public health over the past two years.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Interactive online platform for the RWAs on the Official websites - Tweeted the request to all

Hon'ble LG Saab, CM Delhi, MCD mayors,

Dear Sir,

NDMC has introduced an interactive online platform for RWAs on its NDMC311 App as well as on its official Website.

May we request to all of you for a similar interactive platform on the Hon'ble LG Website, Delhi Govt Website, MCD websites, to accommodate the RWAs, for regular interactions, for the betterment of the city.


B S Vohra,
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front - Federation

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Inspite of very serious & shocking issues in the ARR petitions of DISCOMs, New Power Tariff expected today

Inspite of very serious & shocking issues in the ARR petitions of DISCOMs, they are going to announce the Power Tariff today at around 3pm. Shockingly, we the stakeholders were not at all informed/intimated about the Public hearing. We strongly oppose any such move of DERC. Let DERC announce the New Tariff, we will share the Shocking issues with the Media.

Do they have the right to collect the Conversion as well as the one time parking charges?

As per the Bare Act of DDA, ”Escrow Account" means a dedicated savings account held by the Local Body concerned not being operative unless the conditions for which it has been opened are fulfilled in accordance with the provisions of these regulations”.

In such a case how Civic bodies either diverted the Amount collected under this Account for other establishment expenditure including salaries or failed to use most of the amount, is a very serious cause of concern for one & the all.

Various newspapers have reported:

Escrow account
However, the data submitted shows that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi collected Rs. 1,128.72 crore from 2006-2007 till 2011-2012, but only about 8% or Rs. 101.39 crore was spent through the escrow account on developing the areas or creating parking. The majority of the fund or Rs. 1,027.33 crore was spent on “other establishment expenditure”, which includes salaries.
MCD split
After the MCD was split into three in 2012, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation collected Rs. 643.41 crore from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017. Only Rs. 28.19 crore was spent on escrow expenditure, while the remaining Rs. 615.22 crore was spent on other establishment expenses.
While the North Corporation diverted the majority of the funds, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) failed to use most of the parking and conversion charges it collected. From 2012-2013 till 2016-2017, the SDMC collected a total of Rs. 1,125.05 crore, but the expenditure from the escrow was Rs. 146.87 crore. Currently, Rs. 925 crore is available in the account, SDMC data shows.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) collected Rs. 166.02 crore in conversion charges and Rs. 49.95 crore in parking charges from 2012-2013 till 2017-2018 (till now). The EDMC data showed that the civic body spent Rs. 8.38 crore of the parking charges on developing parking, while Rs. 18.16 crore was spent on salaries and Rs. 23.40 crore remained unused. We are trying to find out the status of the rest of the Rs 166.03 crore.

with thanks: The Hindu: Damini Nath

In such circumstances, do you think that our Civic bodies have any right to collect the Conversion as well as the one-time parking charges?

It was said earlier that no development charges for parking shall be payable by small shop owners of the area up to 20 sqm. dealing with the items/activities as defined in para 15.6.3 of the MPD-2021 in respect of any category of colonies.

But now, development charges for parking are being demanded even from the small shop owners. Is there any such change in the Act?

It was also said earlier that Development charges for parking shall also not be payable by owner/ allottee/resident/user of the plot/dwelling units falling under notified pedestrian shopping streets both mixed-use or commercial pedestrian streets.

Please check the Links depicting Pedestrian Streets of Delhi that were Notified in the Delhi Gazette on 15th September 2006. You can easily find out if you are on a Pedestrian street & if you are being charged for all such development charges?

Identification of Pedestrian Shopping Streets in West Zone


Identification of Pedestrian Shopping Streets in South Zone


Identification of Pedestrian Shopping Streets in Shahdara South Zone


Identification of Streets for Pedestrian Shopping Streets in Karol Bagh Zone


Identification of Pedestrian Shopping Streets in Civil Line Zone


Identification of Pedestrian Streets Central Zone