The air quality of Delhi-NCR fell to "severe" on Tuesday, and is expected to worsen over three days, while the environment body considered implementation of restrictions under severe category of the GRAP, officials said.
"This pollution issue has been spoken about for years".
The EPCA has also asked the authorities concerned to set up a centralised control room that would act as a nodal pollution monitoring centres where people can go and register their complaints regarding air pollution.
Air Quality Index has turned worse in many parts of Delhi with the readings in Anand Vihar turning severe.
Pollution levels in Delhi usually remain in the "very poor" category during December.
■ Chirag Nambiar - Student Knowing that our capital is over-polluted and not safe, exposing cricketers, especially worldwide ones who may not be used to this level of pollution is nothing but a callous move by the authorities.
The pollution prompted the board to cancel two Ranji Trophy matches in Delhi previous year.
"Where is your action plan?" However, the smog cleared in time, and our collective fury towards government's inaction temporarily subsided.
"The India Meteorological Department (IMD) will do overnight monitoring of the pollution levels and inform EPCA in the morning", said Shambahvi Shukla, also a researcher at CSE and member of the EPCA. It is also crucial to distinguish between sources with seasonal relevance, and those that play a role all-year round. All matches in Delhi should be put off until the pollution is brought under control.
At RK Puram, a densely populated residential area, NO2 was recorded at 135 ug/m3 while levels at ITO, which witnesses heavy volume of traffic, was 206. Given the significant health burden associated with air pollution, it is imperative to shift the discourse on air pollution from a Delhi centric to a national one, from a winter episodic to a year-round one. It's not our problem if people don't want to stick to you. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same. Ensuring clean air for everyone in India will require a long-term plan and sustained effort, and the first step is to realize that air pollution affects residents across the country, and across seasons.