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Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

05 November 2018
Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

Shifting the morning assembly of students indoors, mandating them to wear masks during outdoor activities and distributing gooseberries are among the measures taken by schools in Delhi and adjoining areas to deal with the alarming level of air pollution. It's an issue that we have created ourselves and are reaping issues of what we've sowed.

Delhi's air quality deteriorated to "severe" level on Tuesday, prompting authorities to ban construction activities and halt operations of industries using coal and biomass as fuel between November 1 and 10, and to consider regulating use of private vehicles. 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 event was co-sponsored by the UN Environment, World Meteorological Organization, the UN Framework Convention on Climate change, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and World Bank under the theme: "Improving Air Quality, Combating Climate change and Saving lives". "Although upper air winds where transport takes place are from stubble burning site but speed and magnitude is low and hence unlikely to impact Delhi air quality significantly", it added.

The Ministry has formed 52 teams to undertake extensive visits to all the areas in Delhi and NCR to check the pollution sources and penalize the violators.

GRAP is aimed at tackling air pollution in Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas and it is created to take urgent remedial action when air quality deteriorates.

Al stone crushers, hot mix plants generating dust pollution to remain closed in the districts during the period, it said.

The capital's weather index showed a sharp decline in air quality across the city.

Weathermen have advised caution for residents of Delhi as the city's Air Quality Index (AQI) continue to score below "severe" category after breaching the 400 mark.

The System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) had earlier predicted that they were a decline in the air quality in the national capital on Monday.

Meanwhile, besides cancelling leaves of all of its employees, India's Central Pollution Control Board has opened social media channels for people to flag pollution.

On Sunday, in short-lived relief to Delhiites, the pollution level had come down to the "poor" category after oscillating between "very poor" and "severe" for almost days.

All the DMs and MCD commissioners shall be involved in the campaign and ensure that quick action is taken on the cases of violations reported by the field teams.