Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

Measures that have been rolled out between November 1 and November 10 include the shutdown of the Mundka industrial area, a ban on construction and excavation (digging) activities, shutting down of industries that run on coal and biomass, and a ban on stone crushers, brick kilns and hot mix plants. "Only then can we find a solution", tweeted Arvind Kejriwal.

Scientists said this is because north-westerly winds would again start bringing in toxic fumes from the stubble burning regions of Punjab and Haryana.

The top court is seized of matters in which several issues related to air pollution in the Delhi-NCR have been raised.

During the hearing, the counsel appearing for the Delhi government said that a total of 40 lakh old vehicles in Delhi had been de-registered by the authorities.

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, who attended the meeting, said the meeting should have been taken seriously.

Amid a rise in health-related problems due to air pollution, Vardhan launched a manual on asthma, detailing how school administrations must act in case of an emergency.

But steps taken so far have failed to make much difference, and now there is finger-pointing between Modi's administration, the Delhi city government, and the governments of states around the capital.

An official with the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research said intensified stubble burning is contributing almost 24 percent of the air pollution in the national capital. It will have the capacity to clean 32 million cubic metres of air per day, its makers said.

On the weekend, Delhi and the neighbouring regions experienced easterly winds that cleaned up the air due to the western disturbance that caused snowfall and rains in northern regions. It also asked the Delhi Traffic Police to intensify efforts to deal with traffic congestion. The latest data showed Delhi's Mandir Marg at 707, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium at 676 & Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at 681 under "Hazardous" category in Air Quality Index.

The PM2.5 was recorded at 235. As per the forecast, the highest levels of PM10 (particulate matter less than 10 microns) and PM2.5 (particulate matter less than 2.5 microns) are expected between midnight to 3am on the night of November 7 and 8. Some even said the pollution masks were turning out to be useless and the poor air quality has led them to visit hospitals in Delhi as they were experiencing symptoms of breathlessness, allergy and irritation.

Besides this, EPCA has also warned it will ban all private transport for some time so that the pollution level could be decreased.

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