Air quality in Delhi plunges again

Jo Lloyd
November 7, 2018

The national capital had witnessed its worst air quality of the season on November 5 when pollution levels reached eight times the permissible limit and inched towards "severe plus emergency" category due to a change in wind direction and rampant stubble burning in the neighbouring states.

The air quality in India's national capital, New Delhi, has become a major challenge threatening millions of lives.

Civil construction has been suspended in Delhi and surrounding areas of the National Capital Region.

Delhi was "gasping for breath" on Monday when air pollution dipped to "very poor", prompting residents to tweet that it's time to flee the city.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed the stubble burning in Punjab as the main reason behind the current cycle of air pollution in Delhi. Eleven areas in Delhi recorded "severe" air quality while 16 areas recorded "very poor" air quality, according to the CPCB data. "That is why [our air pollution measures] have collaboration at their heart, working with businesses, farmers, industry and households, to develop innovative new solutions to reduce emissions", MP Thérèse Coffey stated. 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).

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to address the absence of the ministers and questioned the absence of the four ministers.

The protesters also sang songs and asked the government to stop the stubble burning going on in the surrounding states of Delhi.

"The situation is very unsafe in Delhi and it was same previous year", Mary Kom said.

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

"The prevailing meteorological conditions are less favorable for dispersal of pollutants for next two days due to low wind speed across the northern region", Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director at System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) told the media.

Another official said if the air quality continues to remain in the "severe" category for 48 hours, they would consider implementing more regulations. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to particulate air pollution may be associated with acute heart attack.

EPCA has also requested people in Delhi to avoid using private vehicles between November 1 and November 10.

You can check live air quality in Delhi through this link.

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