Delhi starts emergency measures to counter air pollution

Delhi's Air Quality On The Brink Of Turning'Severe, Say Authorities

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), winds from eastern directions helped the dispersion of particle pollutants keeping the AQI in "very poor" category.

The improvement in air quality can be attributed to the increase in surface wind speed to five kmph.

The reduction in base emission is also suggestive of a more pronounced effect of control measures taken by authorities, the official said.

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

Along with this it is also expected that till November 6, we might see a slight difference in the pollution level.

According to early warnings, the conditions may become slightly more favourable for pollutant dispersion during the next two days.

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) said fire count in the northwestern past of India was highest so far on Thursday.

The EPCA has stopped all construction activities involving excavation and civil construction (excluding internal finishing/work where no construction material is used) till November 10.

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

Shifting the morning assembly of students indoors, mandating them to wear masks during outdoor activities and distributing gooseberries are among the measures taken by schools in Delhi and adjoining areas to deal with the alarming level of air pollution. All the DMs and MCD commissioners shall be involved in the campaign and ensure that quick action is taken on the cases of violations reported by the field teams.

The CPCB has 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.

About 42 teams visited sites of 312 complaints in Delhi while one team attended to 21 complaints in Gurgaon, two teams to 17 complaints in Faridabad, three teams to ten complaints in Noida and Greater Noida and four teams for 16 complaints in Ghaziabad.

On Friday and Saturday, a total penalty of Rs 80 lakh was imposed on violators.

Chandni Chowk, Dwarka sub-city, Rohini, R.K. Puram, Narela and Punjabi Bagh were among the 18 regions, out of 36, which reeled under severe air quality with PM2.5 above 400 units.

"I am in fact writing it on prescriptions now - "please don't move outdoor", and I feel bad, as children need to go out and play, but the air isn't just good for them. We have shifted sports and cultural practices indoors as post Diwali the air quality usually dips", she said.

Authorities said that Delhi's air quality turned "severe" on October 30, with stubble burning intensifying in neighbouring states.

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