Air Quality remains very poor despite measures taken to combat pollution

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

'Hazardous' air pollution in India's capital prompts emergency measures

A Clean Air Week would be organised from 01 to05 November, 2018 in collaboration with the Government of Delhi and the four major NCR cities to control the air pollution.

"Three-and-a half-year have gone by but it appears that orders passed by the NGT and confirmed by this court are not being complied with yet". The city administration is contemplating banning private vehicles from plying on the roads to control the situation. There are a total of 35 lakh private vehicles in the Delhi NCR region.

The CPCB has on Thursday put up guidelines for the public to file complaints of air pollution in Delhi-NCR on its social media page, website, and through its mobile application.

The First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health that ended in Geneva invited countries and partners to work together to fight air pollution and emphasised that without political interventional, making progress would be hard.

Advocate Aparajita Singh, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the pollution matter, said "Sameer" app was there since 2016 but if somebody tries to lodge complaint about pollution on this platform, the app crashes. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation said around 1,582 challans were issued for violations in the zones under it. Deputy commissioners of 14 police districts in the national capital were directed to ensure no temporary licences are issued for sale of firecrackers till the PESO-approved crackers were available in the market.

The other entry points includes Rajokri, Kapashera, Tikri, Kondli and Kalindi Kunj. Later on, the Urban air database released by the World Health Organization in September 2011 reported that Delhi has exceeded the maximum PM10 limit by nearly 10 times at 198ug/m3, trailing in the third position after Ludhiana and Kanpur.

Delhi's air quality continues to alarm its citizen with it remaining in the very poor category on Friday despite several measures being implemented in the national capital ahead of Diwali, when massive pollution is expected to hit the city.

In directions issued by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution will also stop functioning in Delhi and other NCR districts from Thursday.

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. It was brought into effect from October 15.

Environment Ministry on Thursday constituted 52 special action teams that will go to various places of Delhi-NCR and report the incidents of pollution to the concerned enforcing agency.

Meanwhile in view of the increasing pollution, many schools in Delhi are closed, some have extended holidays.

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