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

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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. "Only then can we find a solution", tweeted Arvind Kejriwal. In the meeting, it was emphasized 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.Teams for Clean Air Week compriseof the local SDM as the team leader, senior official from MoEFCC and representatives from CPCB, MCD and DPCC.

A ban on construction activities came into force on Thursday as Delhi's air quality was on the brink of turning "severe" due to stubble burning in the adjoining regions and unfavourable meteorological conditions, authorities said.

Vardhan said the steps taken by states to control stubble burning "are far from satisfactory".

Mr Harsh Vardhan said that similar to a year ago this time, there will be a campaign for the same problem and around 70 teams will be in field to deal with the situation.

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

The apex court told the counsel appearing for the Delhi government that the NGT's order banning plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the Delhi-NCR was passed on April 7, 2015 and an appeal against this order was dismissed by the top court on May 15, 2015. The authority has also urged people to use more public vehicles, claiming that around 40% of the air pollution is caused by vehicular emissions.

The World Health Organization has issued an update to its air quality reports, estimating that 1.8 billion children around the globe are breathing air pollution that exceeds recommended safety levels.

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At the conclusion of the First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health this week in Geneva, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "Our dream is a world free of air pollution".

'We need urgent action from the Government to clean up our air so that my sons, and thousands of children like them, don't continue to suffer'.

The PM2.5 level was recorded at 217.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has also directed the Transport Department and the traffic police to intensify the checking of polluting vehicles and control travel traffic in the region during November 1-10.

The PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) was recorded at 210 which falls under the "very poor" category. During the period, the average Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) level in Delhi was approximately five times the WHO's annual average standard.

The central government's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) advised people to avoid all outdoor physical activities and those with asthma to keep relief medication handy.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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