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Delhi: Air Quality Worst In 3 Years, Schools Shut In NCR
A thick blanket of smog covered the Delhi skyline despite light showers in different parts of the city early this morning.
- All India I RIDHIMA SETIA
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- November 03, 2019 23:55 IST
Delhi: Flights Delayed Due To Poor Visibility, As Air Quality Worsens
New Delhi: The pollution in Delhi and its adjoining areas reaching a critical stage, the centre indicated that it will keep tabs on the matter. PK Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, reviewed the situation this evening with senior officials from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. The air pollution levels in Delhi made a huge jump this morning, going deeper into the "emergency" zone. From yesterday's 407, the Air Quality Index or AQI rose to 625, reducing visibility significantly and hampering air and road traffic in the city. The situation in the surrounding townships was no better -- Noida, Gurgaon shut all schools till Tuesday. Delhi is expected to begin its odd-even road rationing scheme from today. But there was no word from Punjab or Haryana, where stubble burning by farmers triggers a crisis in Delhi and adjoining areas every winter.
The Delhi skyline was covered with, a thick blanket of smog covered the despite light showers in different parts of the city early this morning.
Although the mild spell led to a marginal drop in the Air Quality Index (AQI), the pollution levels continued to remain in "severe category", with the Air Quality Index (AQI) measuring as high as 625 at 10 am. Delhi is implementing the odd-even rule for the third time from tomorrow.
The air quality in the national capital continued to worsen with Punjabi Bagh and Narela areas breaching the 999 mark on Air Quality Index. Pollution levels at ITI Shahdara near the Jhilmil Industrial Area in East Delhi remained the worst, measuring 889 at 9 am, while RK Puram recorded 749 on Air Quality Index. The quality of air near the US Embassy was reported to be hazardous.
The pollution levels in neighboring areas of Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Faridabad also recorded between severe to hazardous readings with PMs ranging from 400 to 709.
The poor visibility has affected flight operations at the Delhi airport.
A public health emergency across the National Capital Region was declared on Friday by the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) declared a after pollution levels entered into "emergency" category for the first time since January. Shut in Delhi, which opened after Diwali, have been shut till Tuesday to minimise exposure of children to pollution.
Delhi air quality plummeted post-Diwali, which Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said was the "lowest in five years". Mr Kejriwal has urged the centre to address the matter, saying air pollution "is a North India issue" and therefore requires a North India solution under the "chairmanship" of the Union Minister.
The Delhi chief minister, recently asked students to write a letter to his Punjab and Haryana counterparts over pollution caused due to stubble burning, starting a blame game between his government and neighbouring states. Prakash Javadekar, Union Environment Minister was also dragged into the matter with Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accusing him of postponing meetings with state environment ministers despite the urgency of the situation.
In order to curb the air pollution problem, the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana called for urgent intervention by the Centre to develop and implement a joint plan with the states to address the "serious" situation.
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A thick, smoky haze has smothered the national capital delhi and NCR as air pollution breached “severe” levels for the first time this season, a sharp deterioration caused by a double whammy of toxic fumes left over from illegal Diwali fireworks and a big spike in farm fires in neighbouring states. . Experts said that the post-Diwali air on Monday was the cleanest in four years but the pollution remained in the “very poor” category. According to scientists at pollution forecasting agencies, the air is likely to worsen over the coming days. A public health emergency has been declared in Delhi. . . . . . . . . . #delhi #delhipollution #pollution #airpollution #dailyaddaa #dailyaddaanews #dailyaddaavideo #smog #emergency #climatechange
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