Delhi Air Quality On The Brink Of Turning Severe, Say Authorities

Delhi-NCR To Observe'Clean Air Week From November 1-5

On Thursday, the air quality in the national Capital was on the brink of turning severe due to stubble burning and weather conditions. It's an issue that we have created ourselves and are reaping issues of what we've sowed.

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday asked the Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh governments to take immediate steps to prevent crop residue burning, which is contributing to a rise in pollution levels with air quality in Delhi falling to the "severe" category. So, as vehicle owners, you can do your part to combat air pollution. Eleven areas in Delhi recorded "severe" air quality while 16 areas recorded "very poor" air quality, according to the CPCB data.

Under the Environment Protection Act, there is a provision enabling regulatory agencies such as the CPCB and state pollution boards to proceed with criminal prosecution in such matters.

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"Early morning winds picked up, which came as respite and dispersed particles rapidly and pulled back air quality towards very poor range", the official said.

There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has banned construction activities in the city between November 1 and November 10. However, the physical and chemical features of PM2.5 and ozone add an important spatial challenge to managing air quality as they can remain in the atmosphere for days and weeks and be transported hundreds of kilometres. "Contribution from biomass fire is likely to be marginal on Friday and further for the next two days". The rising vehicular emission is a major contributor in deteriorating air quality in NCR.

Clean Air Parents" Network member and mother of two Stephanie Romig, said, "I'm extremely anxious about the impact that air pollution is having on my children.

The building department has also fined owners of 39 sites for not complying with its directives to check pollution and a fine of Rs 8 lakh was imposed on them.

The ministers also launched an Asthma manual for schools to help schools build better management plans for emergencies and recognise symptoms among children, especially in cities like Delhi with at least four to five months of poor air quality every year.

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