Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season

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Delhi's air quality was on the brink of turning severe on Tuesday morning, as stubble burning in the neighboring states intensified, authorities said. It's an issue that we have created ourselves and are reaping issues of what we've sowed.

A day after the air quality slipped into "severe" category, there was a marginal dip in pollution level due to increased wind speed but the air quality still remained "very poor".

This information was shared as the top court expressed displeasure that orders passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Supreme Court in 2015, prohibiting the plying of such old vehicles in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR), had not yet been complied with.

In addition, all state governments have set up teams to patrol and impose fines on violators for garbage burning; industrial air pollution; dust mismanagement and visibly polluting vehicles. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 231 on Sunday which falls in the "poor" category.

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Reportedly, an aggressive 10-day-long "Clean Air Campaign" was also launched by the Union Minister while the Delhi Pollution Control Committee directed the traffic department to keep a strict vigil. Authorities have attributed the improvement in air quality to control measures and meteorological conditions but they have also warned of deterioration of air quality to "severe" levels from Monday.

A Clean Air Week would be organised from 01 to05 November, 2018 in collaboration with the Government of Delhi and the four major NCR cities to control the air pollution.

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.

Delhi Government said it is also prepared to implement odd-even scheme to regulate private vehicle when the need arises.

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Delhi on Thursday saw a rise in particle pollutants with average dispersion of PM2.5 and PM10, or particles with diameter less than 2.5mm and 10mm, being 241 and 437 microgrammer per cubic meters - about 4 times the permissible limit.

Over the last few days, the air quality in the city has deteriorated, causing a huge problem to every Delhites. SAFAR further said the AQI for next two days would remain in "very poor" range but with increasing trend.

From Thursday, there will be a halt of all construction activities involving excavation.

"The relationship between ambient and indoor air pollution and urban and rural centres emphasises the importance of multiple stakeholders cooperating and using an integrated approach to improve air quality", the report said.

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