Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Air pollution level and air quality index in Noida today

'Hazardous' air pollution in India's capital prompts emergency measures Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season - Report
Theresa Hayes | 04 November, 2018, 03:24

Delhi's pollution level dipped slightly on Friday as stubble burning remained marginally low but authorities warned that the air quality would severely deteriorate from next week.

Air pollution spiked overnight in the entire region to "very poor" category, with Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi being 392 at 9 a.m.

An official said that the EPCA is even considering regulating use of private vehicles in the wake of an alarming rise in air pollution in Delhi.

Further, to decongest city roads, reduce the travel time of motorists, save fuel and reduce pollution, a total of 10,23,156 vehicles were prosecuted for obstructive and improper parking, he added. There are six AQI categories, namely Good, Satisfactory, Moderately polluted, Poor, Very Poor, and Severe.

Despite two of these areas having been declared high priority areas more than a decade ago - with the sole objective of reducing air pollution to fall within acceptable standards - air pollution remains high and at deadly exposure levels for human health.

"This is mainly due to weather conditions as stubble contribution is marginal now". We need to take bold steps to course correct this deadly path India is on.

Delhi Metro announced that it has introduced 21 additional trains on its network with effect from Wednesday which will provide 812 additional number of trips to passengers using public transport.

There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation. Civil construction will remain closed in Delhi and other NCR districts, besides closure of all stone crushers, hot mix plants generating dust pollution in Delhi and NCR districts, according to a Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) order.

This information was shared after the apex court expressed displeasure that orders passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Supreme Court in 2015, banning more than 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles from plying in the National Capital Region (NCR), was not yet complied.

He said despite a decrease in incidents of stubble burning by 30 per cent from the previous year, more needed to be done.

Delhi Police and the DMs of Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad were requested to ensure that these measures were strictly implemented by them in their respective areas.Secretary conveyed his serious concern over the fact that there is no significant improvement in the air quality in spite of the concerted efforts being made by the Ministry and all the stakeholders.

In 2016, UK-based air quality and health expert Dr Mike Holland assessed the health impacts and associated economic costs of current emissions of just one type of pollutant from Eskom's coal-fired power stations (PM2.5).

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it has created social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens can lodge complaints about pollution in Delhi-NCR.