In a bipartisan appeal on Facebook for tackling the menace, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra says,”Poisoned air doesn’t care which caste or religion you belong to. It is an undiscriminating killer. The time to lay down a road-map is now. The road to a solution starts with us.”
Calling on the Centre and the Delhi state government to set aside their “political slug fest” and focus on “the safety and well being of Delhi’s citizens”, Vadra points at China’s success at “drastically” reducing its smog levels by “employing such techniques as massive windmill style fans (to dissipate smog cover)”.
Calling for long-term sustainable solutions, Vadra goes on to list out some himself: “The previous Government imposed energy efficiency standards on air conditioners, fridges and other electronic appliances. This in turn led to a drastic cut in electricity consumption. We need more electric cars and buses. We need better solutions for our farmers. It is a one time cost for the Government to purchase the machines which can turn husk into safe and non-toxic refuse.”
He also highlighted that in the wake of reports that the Delhi government was sitting on a Rs 787-cr green fund, it was time to deploy “imaginative solutions”.
As reported earlier, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday blamed the Centre for blocking projects, an RTI query revealed that the Arvind Kejriwal-led government did not spend even a paisa out of the Rs 787 crore it collected as environment cess since January 1 this year.
While Vadra wrote about policy solutions for those in power, celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar had some advice for the common citizens on how to survive through the smog.
According to Diwekar, bit-sized laddoos made from dry ginger, jaggery and clarified butter can prevent inflammation and flu, keep your sinuses clean, and smoothen digestion. She advices that people start and end their day with one of these, adding that it was also good to consume one after spending a long time outdoors in the smog.
Another remedy suggested by her is chewing on sugarcane or consuming it as fresh juice. According to Diwekar, this will help you detoxify your liver, boost your immune system, and help beat the lethargy or low mood caused by the smog. She says it should be consumed, in either form, before noon.
Keeping yourself healthy is essential, especially since SAFAR (System of Air Quality And Weather Forecasting And Research) has forecast that air quality may dip over the weekend due to incursion of moisture and fall in inversion layer, which will keep pollutants trapped near the surface.
Diwekar’s health advisory was posted by her on Twitter and you can read the whole post below.
Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has suggested something more radical. He wants the government to look into turning Delhi’s smog into diamonds. This might sound far-fetched but it is entirely within the realm of possibility and already being done in Beijing. Khurrana’s twitter post suggested that we employ a contraption called the “smog cutter”. The video in his tweet below explains what the machine does and how it does it.
Khurrana’s tweet got Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s endorsement, who retweeted: “… need to get one of these.”
Other actors, while not suggesting specific solutions, have also called for a change in the status quo — tackling the annual event that Delhi’s health crisis is becoming.