Nine-year-old Pulkit Singh has stopped attending his swimming, tennis classes and all outdoor activities. Pulkit lives in Delhi and is the son of a Delhi lawmaker, AAP MLA Surender Singh.
Pulkit is an asthma patient and his parents have visited several doctors to find a cure for their son’s illness but Delhi’s toxic air doesn’t allow him to breathe well.
“I have stopped walking, running because my legs give up and I can’t breathe after a point. I try and indulge in indoor activities like playing carrom board, playing games on cellphone and watching TV,” said Pulkit.
At a time when the state government has come to a standstill because of its dharna politics, one of its own MLA’s son is a victim of the bureaucratic tussle.
“The CM and its ministers have no choice but resort to dharna politics because if one needs to take steps and find a solution to the current pollution crisis, we need to sit with the chief secretary,” said Surender Singh, AAP MLA and Pulkit’s father.
What one cannot forget is the suffering Pulkit and many like him go through when the air quality plummets in the sweltering heat of Delhi.
“I avoid Coca-Cola as told by my mom and not eat anything cold and fried. The pump machine is always with me and in the current condition, I use it 4 times a day. If the situation goes out of hand then my parents admit me to a hospital,” shared Pulkit.
Understanding the current crisis, the environment ministry has asked the chief secretary to direct all the agencies to take effective steps like water sprinkling, stopping construction work. Senior citizens and children have been asked to stay indoors.
“I have never felt this helpless. I am diabetic who needs regular morning walks to maintain the balance of sugar in my body. Now, if I walk, I can’t breathe and as a result, I suffer from throat congestion,” said 60-year-old Vicky Banjiman.
Banjiman, an ex-national level football player, is coping with the toxic air by using pump machines and taking hot water steams regularly.
“I appeal to the government and people to do their bit and if possible please imply odd-even formula once again,” pleaded Vicky.
Pulkit added, “Please don’t use cars, use public transport instead”.
Air quality in Delhi has gone from bad to worse in recent years, prompting the state government to apply odd-even formula and shut schools.
The L-G has also ordered to stop all construction work till Sunday. One of the main reasons for air pollution in Delhi-NCR is the dust travelling from the west, especially from Rajasthan.