Delhi air quality worsens to 'hazardous' level

Audrey Hill
November 7, 2018

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) index, the 24-hour rolling average level of PM10 at 9 p.m. was 412 micrograms per cubic metre, over four times the standard of 100.

Overall air quality index today was recorded at 320 which falls in very poor category.

New Delhi and its satellite cities account for the bulk of air purifier sales but they are picking up in other cities such as Mumbai and Bengaluru.

In Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida it was already "severe" by 11 a.m.

Measures for air pollution control to be in force from November 1 to November 10 include shut down of Mundka industrial area, ban on construction and excavation (digging) activities, shutting down of industries that run on coal and biomass, ban on stone crushers, brick kilns and hot mix plants.

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has urged Delhiites to use public transport for the first 10 days of November to keep a check on pollution.

The WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health was organized in collaboration with UN Environment, World Meteorological Organization, Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Bank and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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

"Not only is our device cheaper than existing devices being used in other parts of the world which cost around Dollars 300,000 (but) it also cleans many more times than the ionisation towers", Puri told PTI.

"The proposed action on private vehicles has to be seen within the larger context of how we are gradually ramping up emergency actions on all sectors", she said during a Facebook Live online programme titled "Season of Smog". "We will take them when needed".

"Let there be no politics on this matter".

Wind direction changed a couple of days ago and it was coming from the eastern direction which meant it was not coming directly from Punjab and Haryana region where stubble burning is prevalent.

After the press conference, the Minister also flagged-off special buses called Pariyayantra. Although the government response is definitely better than the last few years, due to the establishment of the government-run National Clean Air Program, "the solution to the problem can not be just in reacting when the problem is beyond control", he said.

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