December 2 is observed as the National Pollution Control Day because of the unfortunate incident of Bhopal which is referred to as the "Bhopal Gas Tragedy".
The Bhopal Disaster or the Bhopal Gas Tragedy occurred on December 2, 1984, in the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. In it, over 500,000 people were exposed to a toxic gas called methyl isocyanate (MIC).
This day comes with an objective to raise awareness about the increasing levels of pollutants in the air that we are breathing, to educate the people on how to bring the pollution under control and also manage industrial disasters like the one that happened in Bhopal. It helps people with the ways to prevent industrial pollution that is a result of human negligence.
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From the past one month, Delhi is under massive air pollution levels. This is not because of the industries but industries sure are a contributing factor. Delhi is almost like a gas chamber with the primary reason being the burning of stubble. The air that Delhi is breathing as of now has an AQI between 200-300 which comes under the 'very unhealthy' category.
To reduce the pollution several steps have been taken by the government, for example, the Odd-Even scheme lasted for a duration of 15 days but still failed. No noticeable differences in the pollution level values were seen.
To read more about the Odd-Even Scheme 2019 click here.
Let's see when Delhi finally gets rid of the pollution and the people living in the NCR region get relief from all the toxicity around them.