Diplomatic Corps takes up air pollution issue with MEA

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New Delhi: A man, carrying schoolchildren, cycles through heavy smog and air pollution, in New Delhi, Nov 13, 2017. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: A man, carrying schoolchildren, cycles through heavy smog and air pollution, in New Delhi, Nov 13, 2017.
Photo – PTI

The rise in air pollution of Delhi and adjoining areas, which got even courts to take strict cognizance, has worried the diplomatic community. On Friday, Dean of Diplomatic Corps Frank Hans Dannenberg Castellanos met senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) taking up the issue of air pollution.

Briefing MEA officials, including Chief of Protocol Sanjay Verma, the diplomatic corp’s representative said envoys are concerned over the impact of pollution on their health.

According to officials, he shared these “concerns” after many diplomats based here approached him to raise it with the Indian government.

The meeting was to seek assurance that efforts were being made to bring down levels of air pollution, officials said.

Due to high pollution levels in the national capital, many diplomats have been forced to move out of Delhi.

In a personal blog post, Ambassador of Costa Roca to India Mariela Cruz Alvarez said, “This past week the levels of pollution in Delhi reached impossible numbers. The consequences of breathing this air I had no idea–until I reached Bangalore and my system collapsed.”

The issue of pollution in Delhi & NCR was also taken up in Supreme Court where it sought explanation from the state governments of Delhi, UP, Haryana and Punjab about the measure taken.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has also been holding hearings in the matter.

The Delhi government had last week ordered the shutting of schools for four days after the air pollution level breached maximum permissible levels.

(With inputs from PTI)