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Air quality takes a hit: Bhajji, VVS Laxman request PM Modi to intervene, urge people to be responsible

The AQI level in several parts of Delhi crossed the hazardous 999-mark.

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Nov 05, 2019, 06.54 PM IST
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While requesting PM Modi (C), Harbhajan Singh (L) and VVS Laxman (R) believe people should take a pledge to look after the environment.​
While requesting PM Modi (C), Harbhajan Singh (L) and VVS Laxman (R) believe people should take a pledge to look after the environment.
NEW DELHI: Post October 28, the AQI (Air Quality Index) levels in Delhi and parts of North India have become dangerously high. On November 3, the AQI level in several parts of Delhi crossed the hazardous 999-mark. Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh took to social media to express his concerns at the deteriorating air quality in North India.

The spin-bowler, in a 2-minute-long video, talked about how everyone is responsible for air pollution and that we should take a pledge to look after the environment.


"I want to speak about the pollution in the North India. We all are a cause for it, including me. We drive cars and burn fuel and cause harm to the environment. We have learnt over the last few years that fodder burning also causes a lot of pollution, the cricketer says.

Citing the harm being caused to children, he also pointed out that life expectancy is likely to be reduced by 7-10 years for those exposed to such poor air conditions.

​Bangladesh cricketers wear face maks during their practice session under heavy smog conditions at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on November 2, 2019.​
Bangladesh cricketers wear face maks during their practice session under heavy smog conditions at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on November 2, 2019.

The 39-year-old further requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate steps to improve the situation, which he felt had deteriorated.

Retired cricketer VVS Laxman, also his one-time colleague, retweeted Harbajan’s tweet. He captioned it, “Fully agree with you Bhajji. It’s the responsibility of everyone to take care of our Mother Nature. Any negligence will lead to irreparable loss.”


Harbhajan also urged the Prime Minister to hold a meeting of all stakeholders, including the Chief Ministers of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to come to a decision.

The poor air quality made headlines after the T20 match between India and Bangladesh on Sunday was almost called off due to a thick layer of smog.

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