Delhi declares pollution emergency as smog worsens

12 November, 2017, 03:55 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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On Thursday (since Wednesday evening), all ten monitoring stations of centre's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (Safar) recorded "beyond severe" or 500 plus units of PM10 and PM2.5. In fact, the gains made started diminishing from around 2 pm itself.Mr Beig said the drop in both the minimum and maximum temperatures led to the coming down of the boundary layer from around 1600 metres from the surface at 11 am to 50 metres at 5 pm."Otherwise our monitors recorded steady improvement over the last one day , As Reported By NDTV". He also said that air quality will improve in the next few days.

India plans to spray water over its capital, New Delhi, to try to combat toxic smog that has triggered a pollution emergency, with conditions expected to get worse over the weekend. Over 250 flights were delayed at Delhi airport, causing spillover delays across the country.

"Sprinkling water is the only way to bring down the unsafe pollution levels", said Shruti Bhardwaj, the environment ministry's senior most official in charge of monitoring air quality.

In other measures, commercial trucks have been banned from the city unless they are carrying essential commodities, all construction has been stopped and auto parking charges have been raised four times to force residents to use public transport.

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The thick blanket of grey air and pollutants has enveloped Delhi for the past four days.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sent a letter to chief ministers of neighbouring Punjab and Haryana states, urging them to work jointly to resolve the air pollution issue. With high humidity of 90% and low wind speed, pollutants are getting trapped.

Madhavan Rajeevan, secretary, ministry of earth sciences, tweeted: "Delhi smog is not localised as seen in satellite image".

But members of the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) said that November 13 "is too late" as the "emergency or severe-plus" category under GRAP calls for immediate implementation of the odd-even traffic rationing move.

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