New Delhi under cloud of smog as pollution level jumps

New Delhi under cloud of smog as pollution level jumps

New Delhi under cloud of smog as pollution level jumps

The latest data showed Delhi's Mandir Marg at 707, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium at 676 & Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at 681 under "Hazardous" category in Air Quality Index.

Due to deteriorating air quality in the national capital, authorities have declared emergency measures for 10 days starting today.

The Air Quality Index for India has reported that New Delhi is experiencing the worst rates of air pollution this year.

Suraj School in Gurgaon has started an initiative to distribute gooseberries to students, which, according to health experts, minimize effects of air pollution on lungs.

According to a warning issued by Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the national capital's air quality is expected to deteriorate to "severe plus emergency" category after Diwali and it will be "bad" on 8 November even if "partial toxic crackers" are burned compared to a year ago. In the morning it was 231, which falls in the "poor" category, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data said.

It's an initiative by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in collaboration with the Delhi government and the other NCR cities, in order to combat the worsening conditions.

At the conclusion of the First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health this week in Geneva, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "Our dream is a world free of air pollution".

The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), which is monitoring the pollution levels, announced restrictions on construction activities, hot mix plants, coal and biomass-based industries, brick kilns and stone crushers in the NCR.

On its part, the Delhi government on Wednesday said it is "fully prepared" to implement the emergency plan.

Officials attributed the sudden deterioration to a change in wind direction, now blowing from the northwestern region towards Delhi, bringing with it dust and smoke from stubble burning in neighbouring states.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has also directed the transport department and the traffic police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control vehicular congestion in the region during November 1-10.

There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to particulate air pollution may be associated with acute heart attack. Around 40 percent of the pollution is due to the vehicles on roads.

Haryana's Gurugram had an AQI of 427, while Faridabad and Noida had 407, making them the three most polluted cities in the country on Thursday.

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