Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season


The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said the prevailing meteorological conditions are less favourable for dispersal of pollutants for the next two days due to low wind speed.

The growing concern is reflected in the notification by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, of the National Clean Air Programme that focuses on the prevention, control and abatement of air pollution and on augmenting the air quality monitoring network across the country, Upadhyay said. After the meeting, Dr Harsh Vardhan was quoted as telling the media, "Punjab and Haryana have been informed to take more action on stubble burning".

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The lungs in the installation are fitted with white Hepa Filters, which due to exposure to Delhi air will turn black, demonstrating the impact of air pollution on healthy lungs, a statement issued by Sir Ganga Ram hospital said.

Reportedly, an aggressive 10-day-long "Clean Air Campaign" was also launched by the Union Minister while the Delhi Pollution Control Committee directed the traffic department to keep a strict vigil. Civil construction has also been suspended in Delhi and other NCR districts, besides closure of all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution. "So, I have asked the parents to ensure children don't go out in the morning and evening and wear masks on the way to school", said Anil Sachdeva, a pulmonologist and pediatrician at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital to PTI.

The apex court told the counsel appearing for the Delhi government that the NGT's order banning plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the Delhi-NCR was passed on April 7, 2015 and an appeal against this order was dismissed by the top court on May 15, 2015.

"The situation is very unsafe in Delhi and it was same a year ago", Mary Kom said.

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Further, to decongest city roads, reduce the travel time of motorists, save fuel and reduce pollution, a total of 10,23,156 vehicles were prosecuted for obstructive and improper parking, he added.

Moreover, authorities said that due to pollutants caused by biomass burning in the adjoining regions of Delhi and unfavorable meteorological conditions, the air quality is likely to remain in the "very poor" category on Thursday and Friday.

The PM2.5 level was recorded at 210.

Four areas in Delhi marked "severe" air quality whereas 29 areas recorded "very poor" air quality, as per a CPCB data.

The PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) was recorded at 210 which falls under the "very poor" category. However, in Pitampura, the air quality plunged to "severe or hazardous category" at 426 AQI.

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