Delhis air quality near severe, politics over pollution also intensifies

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In its report, the organisation stated, "Set ambitious timelines for reducing PM 2.5 levels and meeting national air quality standards across the country and formulate a policy program that is capable of delivering the targets". The pollution level dipped to severe on Tuesday, prompting authorities to intensify measures to reduce pollution.

Air quality in Gurugram further deteriorated with a "severe" AQI of 435.

Keeping in view the worsening air quality in National Capital Region and Delhi, the Delhi Metro Rail Network (DMRC) has introduced 21 additional numbers of trains on its network which will provide 812 additional number of trips starting from Thursday.

The court had termed as "very critical" the prevailing situation of pollution in Delhi-NCR region and had permitted the court-mandated EPCA to take pre-emptive steps under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) without strict adherence to pollution stages delineated in the plan. The GRAP is an emergency plan implemented in phases to combat pollution depending upon the air quality of the city.

Wazirpur, Sonia Vihar and Ashok Vihar recorded "severe" quality air while 28 other areas recorded "very poor" quality air, according to the CPCB data.

The EPCA also said that it may restrict movement of private vehicles and entry of trucks to Delhi if needed.

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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.

There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation.

The central government's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) advised people to avoid all outdoor physical activities and those with asthma to keep relief medication handy. She also said that almost 200 industrial units, which are using coal and biomass fuel, have been identified and will be shut down. The teams will be jointly flagged off byUnion Minister forEnvironment, Forest &Climate Change and the Minister from Government of Delhi.This decision was taken in a meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Shri C.K. Mishra, Secretary, EF&CC to discuss the urgent steps for air pollution mitigation and regulating fire crackers in the light of the Hon'ble Supreme Court's Order.

It has also directed the pollution control bodies of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to start criminal prosecution against agencies or individuals who do not comply with directives to check pollutant levels. "The moisture intrusion over Delhi and surrounding regions due to the westerlies disturbances will increase with effect from November 4 to enhanced holding capacity of atmosphere resulting in increase in PM2.5 levels", the SAFAR website said.

"Early morning winds picked up, which came as respite and dispersed particles rapidly and pulled back air quality towards very poor range", the official said.

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