Hazy polluted morning in Delhi

James Marshall
November 3, 2018

In the meeting, it was emphasized that all necessary steps should be taken to ensure that air quality levels are not allowed to go into the severe category in the next one week.Teams for Clean Air Week compriseof the local SDM as the team leader, senior official from MoEFCC and representatives from CPCB, MCD and DPCC.

An EPCA member had on Tuesday said in case of further deterioration of air quality, they are even contemplating regulating the use of private vehicles from November 1.

Amid fears of plunging air quality level in India's National Capital Region (NCR), the city administrators are contemplating an "only public transport" policy from the beginning of next month to fight pollution.

It's an initiative by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in collaboration with the Delhi government and the other NCR cities, in order to combat the worsening conditions.

The SAFAR said the AQI of Delhi-NCR would continue to remain in the upper range of the "very poor" category in the next three days.

As the air quality of the national capital deteriorated, a ban on construction activities was imposed on Thursday for 10 days to prevent dust from adding to the pollution levels.

Defending claims that stubble burning is the sole reason for Delhi's air pollution and not the city's traffic conditions or industries, CM Arvind Kejriwal reportedly blamed the Centre for not giving adequate machinery to the farmers in Punjab and Haryana. "To get there, we need to set an aspirational goal to reduce the number of deaths from air pollution by two-thirds by 2030", said Ghebreyesus in his closing speech.

There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation. She also said that almost 200 industrial units, which are using coal and biomass fuel, have been identified and will be shut down. As emergency measures are being taken to check pollution in Delhi-NCR, the government has banned diesel and petrol vehicles ranging from 10 to 15 years old. Find us on Facebook too! Localities across Delhi such as Rohini, Bawana, Ashok Vihar and Wazirpur were also highly polluted, with "severe" AQI levels well above 440.

She said the team of researchers used a literature review approach and reviewed analyses and studies that focused on the concentrations of pollutants in the air - like ozone, particulates and nitrogen dioxide - around the world in countries like China and India.

At Mathura road, major pollutant PM 2.5 was detected at 514 (hazardous), while in Lodhi road and Ayanagar area, the air quality dipped to the "poor" category at 263 and 382, respectively.

The building department also fined owners of 39 sites who were not complying with its directives to check pollution.

"Failure to which will make the defaulting agencies and individuals liable to criminal prosecution which may be initiated by the CPCB under appropriate provision of the law", Parihar said in the letter.

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