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

Delhi-NCR To Observe'Clean Air Week From November 1-5

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) issued the directions, which also included intensifying patrolling in "hot spots" with "no tolerance for visibly polluting vehicles", to government agencies following the orders from the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).

"These measures are pre-emptive and go beyond what is stipulated in the Grap". "Senior citizens, infants, and people who already have lung, heart and other illnesses (such as diabetes) are most vulnerable to the "very poor" air quality", read SAFAR's precautionary statement on Wednesday for Mumbai.

People residing in Delhi have been advised to avoid outdoor activities till 1 pm today as toxicity in the air will be high.

CPCB chairman S P Singh Parihar said the deterioration of the air quality will continue till Tuesday morning.

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. "We will take them when needed". Experts believe Delhi's air is 20 times more than its danger level. Only public transport will be used.

There are different AQI categories- good + satisfactory (0-100), moderately polluted (101-200), poor (201-300), very poor (301-400), severe (401-above).

From Thursday, there will be a halt of all construction activities involving excavation.

Delhi may also see pollution response measure under "severe-plus" category that include parking fee hike, odd-even vehicle rationing scheme and ban on entry of trucks into Delhi.

"Ensure that we do not burn garbage and we report all instances of garbage burning and other pollution carefully and responsibly on the CPCB Facebook/Twitter accounts", the EPCA said Wednesday.

Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, the under secretary of state for the environment confirmed in a written statement to the Global Air Pollution conference that her government will start legislation for a new Environment Act by early 2019.

One specific type air pollution, commonly known as PM2.5 - shorthand for particulate matter 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller - is especially harmful.

About 43 teams visited sites of 248 complaints in Delhi while two teams attended to 11 complaints in Gurgaon, two teams to 31 complaints in Faridabad, two teams to 5 complaints in Noida and Greater Noida and three teams for 21 complaints in Ghaziabad. The AQI in Jaipur was poor on October 30.

Heavy industrialization and a rising standard of living are the most common causes of high concentrations of air pollution in the cities on this list - though they are not the only culprits.

The first day of restriction in Delhi was imposed on Thursday after "severe-plus" air quality was measured with the AQI crossing the 500 mark. The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) on Tuesday showed hazardous smog levels that ranked as severe on the Air Quality Index (AQI).

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