Heart Care Foundation of India appeals to Delhi Chief Minister to cap the prices of air purifiers and also to install them in public places

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The overall air quality in Delhi remains poor. At some places, it is still in the “hazardous” category; AQI at PGDAV College, Sriniwaspuri was 399 on Thursday 12 noon; it was 344 at Mandir Marg. The air was unhealthy at Anand Vihar with an AQI of 260 at 12 noon yesterday.

The harmful effects of air pollution on health are well-established. People should be made aware of the health effects of air pollution and how to protect themselves.

Using air purifiers at home and anti-pollution masks when outdoors, can reduce exposure to toxic pollution levels, but cannot stop it completely.

But, the important point to note here is that air purifiers and air masks are expensive; the high costs put them beyond the reach for the large majority of population.

The concerned authorities have the responsibility to not only make them accessible, but also affordable to the general public at large.

The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) has written to Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister Delhi to procure heavy industry air purifiers or make them using the 0.3 heavy industry air filters and place them in all public transports like buses, metros, trains, etc. and also in all public places (Copy of the letter enclosed).

HCFI has also written to the Delhi Chief Minister requesting him to issue directions to all manufacturing companies, traders, etc. of air purifiers, air masks, air filters to overcharge any person buying such products (Copy of the letter enclosed).

Reference No.: HCFI/2019/Nov 7

Date: 7.11.19

To,

Shri Arvind Kejriwal

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi

Chief Minister’s Office

3rd Level, Delhi Secretariat

I.P. Estate, Delhi – 110002

E-mail: cmdelhi@nic.in

SUBJECT:  APPEAL FOR PROCURING HEAVY INDUSTRY AIR PURIFIERS AND PLACING THEM IN ALL PUBLIC PLACES, PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Respected Arvind Ji

Safe Drinking water is a fundamental right of the citizens of Delhi as enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution of India, 1950. For ensuring safe drinking water, the Delhi Government supplies safe water to the citizens through water tankers even to homeless.

Similarly, safe and pure breathing air is the fundamental right of the citizens under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, 1950. However, the statistics indicate that the air quality in Delhi-NCR has taken a dip again. Since the last few days, it has been “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” with the air quality index (AQI) hovering in the “poor” to “very poor” range.

In light of this, it is humbly requested that the Delhi Government should take immediate action for procuring heavy industry air purifiers or make them using the 0.3 heavy industry air filters and place them in all public transports like buses, metros, trains, etc. and also in all public places.

Thanking You,

Yours truly,

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Heart Care Foundation of India

President CMAAO

Copy to:

Sh Satyendra Jain Health Minister Delhi

Sh Vijay Dev Chief Secretary Delhi

Reference No.: HCFI/2019/

Date: 7.11.19

To,

Shri Arvind Kejriwal

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi

Chief Minister’s Office

3rd Level, Delhi Secretariat

I.P. Estate, Delhi – 110002

E-mail: cmdelhi@nic.in

SUBJECT:  APPEAL FOR ISSUING DIRECTIONS FOR NOT OVERCHARGING AIR PURIFIERS, AIR MASKS AND AIR FILTERS IN DELHI

Respected Arvind Ji,

The statistics indicate that the air quality in Delhi-NCR has taken a dip again. Since the last few days, it has been “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” with the air quality index (AQI) hovering in the “poor” to “very poor” range.

In light of this, your goodself has issued and enforced “Odd – Even Scheme” for all vehicles in Delhi. Also, your goodself has also issued directions that during this period private taxi and cabs will not overcharge any passenger in Delhi.

In view of the emergency situation in Delhi, we would request your goodself to issue similar directions and orders to all manufacturing companies, traders, etc. of air purifiers, air masks, air filters not to overcharge any person buying such products. Like in dengue tests in dengue season, their charges may also be capped.

Thanking You,

Yours truly,

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Heart Care Foundation of India

President CMAAO

Copy to:

Sh Satyendra Jain Health Minister Delhi

Sh Vijay Dev Chief Secretary Delhi

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

President Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO)

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Past National President IMA