Delhi's air quality near 'severe', three most polluted cities from NCR

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

"Hence, Delhi's air quality is likely to stay at 'very poor" level till then. However, with sharp rise in major pollutants and Delhi's PM2.5 at 247 and PM10 at 448 microgrammes per cubic meters, the quality turned severe as it crossed the 400 mark.

As air pollution levels continue to worsen in India's national capital and its surrounding area, New Delhi has made a decision to observe "Clean Air Week" between 1 November to 5 November.

It's an initiative by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in collaboration with the Delhi government and the other NCR cities, in order to combat the worsening conditions.

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.

"One that was particularly interesting to us was asthma because that's a disease that I think is tangible to lay audiences, and if you were to ask someone who is not in the air pollution field which diseases are affected by air pollution, asthma is one of the first things they would say", Anenberg said.

The UP government letter said that all industries using coal and biomass fuel (excluding thermal and waste to energy plants) should remain closed in the NCR districts from November 4 to November 10.

Delhi Metro announced that it has introduced 21 additional trains on its network with effect from Wednesday which will provide 812 additional number of trips to passengers using public transport.

The EPCA has earlier accepted the recommendation of a Central Pollution Control Board-led task force for the period between November 1 to 10 when further deterioration of air is expected due to festival season and stubble burning in neighbouring states.

The centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research said about 12 per cent of pollution by PM2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) on Thursday was caused due to stubble burning. Find us on Facebook too!

The UK government has submitted a voluntary commitment to step up its efforts to tackle air pollution across the country at the final High Level Action Day of the conference today. Localities across Delhi such as Rohini, Bawana, Ashok Vihar and Wazirpur were also highly polluted, with "severe" AQI levels well above 440.

An official said there is special focus on the regions recording "severe" air quality.

According to the CPCB, four areas in Delhi recorded "severe" air quality while 29 areas recorded "very poor" air quality.

Complying with the Supreme Court directions, the CPCB has also put up guidelines for public to file complaints on air pollution in Delhi NCR on its social media accounts, CPCB website and also through an app developed by it called Sameer app.

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