AQI ‘Hazardous’ in RK Puram – Are MCD Workers Safe In This Smog?
Video Editor: Varun Sharma
Toxic air has been choking the national capital since October-end this year. The AQI in various parts of Delhi reached ‘severe’ levels, and RK Puram is one of the worst affected areas.
According to aqicn.org, the AQI level at RK Puram as of 11 am on Wednesday, 13 November, was ‘567’. This spike is directly related to a rise in respiratory diseases. Is anyone safe from the smog?
MCD workers at RK Puram answered in the negative. These workers seldom wear masks to protect themselves from the harmful effects of pollution.
A truck arrived at the spot to clear the waste. I had difficulty breathing and my eyes were irritated, but the workers continued unabated.
Deepender, an MCD workers, told me,
When I asked him specifically about the N95 mask, here’s what he said:
None of the workers who were clearing waste were seen wearing any masks. They said that they only use the masks provided by the MCD and those provided are the
green, surgical ones from the hospitals. But dust particles can still get through those, they told me, which doesn’t sound too useful.
I also met Mangal, the Supervisor of SDMC and in-charge of the South Zone. He was empathetic towards his workers. He was wearing a black mask which he had procured himself.
Another worker, Rakesh, was very concerned about the health risks they face. He said,
MCD workers request that the government provide them with basic facilities considering the work they do despite high levels of pollution.
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