The air quality in Delhi has oscillated between "very poor" and "severe" for almost three weeks now. It's an issue that we have created ourselves and are reaping issues of what we've sowed.
However, there is a little respite due to increased wind speed, but the air quality still remained "very poor". As the pollution level in the city gets deteriorated day-by-day, doctors are advising residents to take precautions and avoid physical activity outdoors as much as possible when the pollutant levels are extremely high.
He was addressing mediaperson in New Delhi after a detailed review meeting with NCR Ministers and Senior officers on implementation of Air Pollution Control Action Plan for NCR.
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"The situation is very risky in Delhi and it was same previous year", Mary Kom said. The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said the AQI of Delhi-NCR would continue to remain in the upper range of the "very poor" category in the next three days.
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According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutant PM 10 detected at 283 (poor category) and PM 2.5 detected at 214 (poor category) in Lodhi Road area.
The CPCB has put up guidelines for the public to file complaints of air pollution in Delhi-NCR on its social media page, website, and through its mobile application.
The Supreme Court has banned 15-year old petrol and 10-year old diesel vehicles from plying on the streets of the National Capital Region (NCR). The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) issued the directions, which also included intensifying patrolling in "hot spots" with "no tolerance for visibly polluting vehicles", to government agencies following the orders from the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).
He also pointed out that the dire state of the ambient air quality in the city is exacerbated by excessive use of biomass for cooking and lighting as opposed to renewable energy, highly motorized mobility leading to excessive emissions, poor waste disposal practices, including open incineration and burning of refuse, little green cover with limited capacity to absorb the carbon emissions generated. 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.
A total of 167 complaints of construction and demolition activities were received. D Saha, former additional director and head of air quality management division at the CPCB, said, "No drastic change in pollution level is anticipated as the ground level emissions are under control due to various administrative and regulatory measures, we are likely to have a clean Diwali". Gurugram recorded AQI at 336, Faridabad at 359, Noida at 333, and Ghaziabad at 325.