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Air Quality remains very poor despite measures taken to combat pollution

Air Quality remains very poor despite measures taken to combat pollution”

While twenty-nine monitoring stations located in different parts of the city recorded very poor air quality, four stations recorded severe air quality, PTI reported. "We will take them when needed", Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said. Forecasts by agencies show the index is likely to start rising again from November 5 with the temperature dropping, coupled with an increase in moisture content. Delhi's overall AQI on Friday was classified at 370 (very poor), while it was 393 (very poor) a day before that.

Noting that private vehicles contribute to 40 per cent pollution in Delhi-NCR, the EPCA urged people to reduce use of private vehicles during this period and use public transport or other means.

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For now, the situation does not seem to improve and there is no chance of Delhi air quality to get better in the next few days, he said adding that efforts were on to curb the problem.

Air quality in Wazirpur was recorded "severe" with an AQI of 411 for the area.

Ban on construction and excavation (digging) activities.

The Uttar Pradesh government has asked the state's western districts, in and around the National Capital Region, to suspend all construction activities between November 1 and 10 and shut for a week industries using coal and biomass fuel to check pollution.

Due to deteriorating air quality in the national capital, authorities have declared emergency measures for 10 days starting today. Yellow indicates moderate air quality where the unit-less number is between 101 and 200, while red indicates poor air quality and the unit-less number ranges between 201 and 300.

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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.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has deployed 43 teams on night patrol to check incidents of garbage burning.

The meeting was called ahead of Diwali to discuss the plan for the next 10 days when the pollution level is expected to spike in the national capital due to localised reasons and regional factors like stubble burning.

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.



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