Delhi starts emergency measures to counter air pollution


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.

Citizens Tuesday protested against the rising air pollution and submitted a letter to senior official of the Union Environment Ministry and the Delhi government, demanding their "Right to Breath" and faster implementation of a time-bound National Clean Air Program.

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"The government has had limited success in persuading farmers to stop burning the post-harvest stubble in their fields - a major source of the smog sweeping Delhi", she said.

It said it can restrict movement of private vehicles and entry of trucks to Delhi, if needed.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, and Delhi Minister Hussain blamed the Centre for the absence of Ministers from these states.

A potentially deadly cloud of smog looks set to disrupt the festival this Wednesday, with activists and scientists warning that rising rates of air pollution are sparking a citywide emergency.

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It is to be noted that private vehicles contribute to 40 percent of pollution in Delhi NCR and there about 35 lakh private vehicles in Delhi NCR region.

With pollution levels hitting a new high, residents of Indian capital Delhi and adjoining areas have been complaining of breathlessness and burning sensation in the eyes.

However, government is not satisfied with the figure and working on to decrease it further. The company claims it can produce 32 million cubic meters of clean air.

The teams will also post reports of the pollution on various social media platforms such as Sameer App of Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB. Mechanised sweeping of roads.2. During the period, the average Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) level in Delhi was approximately five times the WHO's annual average standard.

In an attempt to control the air pollution level, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is taking a big step.

The PM10 level in Delhi stood at 374 against the safe limit of 100, as per SAFAR.

According to a warning issued by Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the national capital's air quality is expected to deteriorate to "severe plus emergency" category after Diwali and it will be "bad" on 8 November even if "partial toxic crackers" are burned compared to previous year.