NCR: SC bans 15-year old petrol, 10-year old diesel vehicles

Delhi air pollution,air emergency in Delhi,air pollution

Delhi air pollution,air emergency in Delhi,air pollution

Stubble burning in neighbouring states and local pollution sources worsened Delhi's air quality to near "severe" level, with Thursday seeing the three most polluted cities from the National Capital Region (NCR).

For air quality to be severe, the PM2.5 must be between 250 and 300 or PM10 must be between 430 and 500, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The Central Pollution Control Board informed the Supreme Court that it had created social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens could lodge complaints about pollution in Delhi-NCR.

"The AQI is predicted to be in the lower range of very poor Monday as the atmosphere is relatively clean", the official said.

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.

Lukwago also said the French Government has offered to support the installation of Smart Solar lights on "our major Streets", with inbuilt air quality monitoring units.

The government has imposed a ban on construction activities, coal and biowaste-based industries, and brick kilns across NCR till November 10.

All construction activities involving excavation in Delhi-NCR have been paused with civil construction being suspended, and all stone crushers and hot mix plants that generates dust pollution have been closed for the time being.

Now it's been nearly 10 days since light winds are prevailing over Delhi-NCR region and they are changing their direction also very frequently.

However, there is a little respite due to increased wind speed, but the air quality still remained "very poor".

The teams are visiting different parts of Delhi and adjacent towns of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Noida. Even trucks carrying construction and demolition waste aren't allowed to move around the city uncovered.

Taking cognizance of the deteriorating air quality across the globe, the World Health Organisation on October 29 had released a report titled Air Pollution and Child Health which stated more than 60,000 children died from respiratory infections caused by air pollution.

Delhi's air quality has been recording alarming trends in the past two weeks. "I hope the air quality finally improves and we see a clean Diwali", said Sarita Mathur, a Mayur Vihar resident. Amid a rise in health-related problems due to increase in air pollution in the national capital, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday launched a manual on asthma detailing how school administrations must behave in case of an emergency.

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