Delhi's air quality has dipped again, reaching the 'very poor' category in several areas according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Official data reveals an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 340 in Anand Vihar, 315 in Ashok Vihar, 307 in ITO Delhi, and 332 in Jahangirpuri on December 5th. The national capital has been grappling with air quality oscillating between 'severe' and 'very poor' for the past few weeks. As a measure to combat this, the government maintains its commitment to enforce the first and second stages of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), despite lifting the third stage.
Administrative and Infrastructural Issues
In a related development, the medical superintendent of Hindu Rao Hospital was suspended due to serious irregularities discovered during an unannounced inspection by the MCD Mayor. The inspection revealed poor hygiene and infrastructure conditions. Concurrently, the Public Works Department has been instructed not to initiate any new road or maintenance projects due to a lack of funding. In response to these infrastructural issues, the Delhi High Court has expressed concerns about the poor maintenance of foot over bridges, particularly for disabled individuals.
Crime and Safety Concerns
In a disquieting crime report, a 23-year-old woman was gang-raped in Ghaziabad. One of the perpetrators was arrested after a confrontation with the police. Furthermore, an ongoing search is underway for a leopard sighted in the Neb Sarai area of south Delhi, where significant police resources have been deployed for public safety.
On the educational front, Delhi University is taking proactive measures by setting up a committee to review study materials. This step was instigated after errors were discovered in the political science courses, including incorrect dates for India's independence and other historical events.