Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Delhi's air quality on brink of turning severe: Authorities

Delhi's air quality on brink of turning severe: Authorities

Haryana's Gurugram had an AQI of 427, while Faridabad and Noida had 407, making them the three most polluted cities in the country on Thursday. At Noida and Greater Noida, AQI was 347 and 383 respectively. Mechanised sweeping of roads.2. After the meeting, Dr Harsh Vardhan was quoted as telling the media, "Punjab and Haryana have been informed to take more action on stubble burning".

Singh said that RFID would help in keeping a tab on entry of commercial vehicles in the national capital as manning of these points leads to rampant corruption.

The top court is seized of matters in which several issues related to air pollution in the Delhi-NCR have been raised.

Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot Friday launched a trial run of an e-bus and said the Delhi government had plans to float tenders for 1,000 electric buses by December so that the zero-emission vehicles are rolled out in the next five to six months.

In addition, the Delhi government has put in place the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to respond to high air pollution days, he said. The Overall Air Quality index of Delhi-NCR was recorded at 368 which comes under the very poor category, as per a data by the Central Pollution Control Board.

The PM2.5 level was recorded at 210.

Analyses that only included fine particulates (PM2,5) in air pollution suggest that the risk for a heart attack rises by 5,2% per 10-?g/m³ increase in the long-term concentration at home.

Four areas in Delhi marked "severe" air quality whereas 29 areas recorded "very poor" air quality, as per a CPCB data. In the meeting, it was emphasised that all necessary steps should be taken to ensure that air quality levels are not allowed to go into the severe category in the next one week, read a statement.

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On Thursday, the air quality in the national Capital was on the brink of turning severe due to stubble burning and weather conditions.

GRAP is aimed at tackling air pollution in Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas and it is created to take urgent remedial action when air quality deteriorates.

A Defra spokesperson said, 'While air quality in the United Kingdom has improved significantly since 2010, we understand the risk it continues to pose to human health, and realise more needs to be done.

On Wednesday, the air quality improved slightly and turned "very poor", a day after recording "severe" pollution, as wind speed picked up early morning and dispersed pollutants.

Goel, who wore a mask himself during the protest, said Delhi's air pollution could not be blamed on stubble burning by farmers in other states alone.

From Thursday, there will be a halt of all construction activities involving excavation.

Ban on stone crushers, brick kilns and hot mix plants. He said out of 1.10 crore vehicles registered in Delhi, 40 lakh vehicles have been deemed de-registered.

Apart from that, a total of 1,89,290 vehicles were checked this year till October 31, of which 391 vehicles were impounded as they were "overage", Kumar said. He said this would be a part of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) for 102 cities, called non-attainment cities, that consistently flout air pollution norms.

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