Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens


"These measures are pre-emptive and go beyond what is stipulated in the Grap. Seriousness is needed to deal with the issue of increasing pollution in the national capital", he said. The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has also urged the people of Delhi to use public transport in the 1st 10 days of November to check the pollution level in the city.

With pollution levels hitting a new high, residents of Indian capital Delhi and adjoining areas have been complaining of breathlessness and burning sensation in the eyes. Said Dr Tedros, "We are eager to hear the views of countries and partners on this target, and we need to do more work together on the scientific foundation for it". In 2016 the odd-even scheme was enforced twice in the city, when private vehicles having odd and even numbers were allowed to run on alternate days.

The authority is strongly concerned about air pollution and is taking every possible measure to combat it; CPCB is also taking complaints related to air pollution through Twitter and Facebook. It came into effect from October 15.

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Though the state and central government have been encouraging people to use public transport, however, a lack of adequate public transportation system within and outside of Delhi have failed to back this appeal.

It includes 14 Metro trains with 730 trips on newly introduced Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake section of Pink Line.

Faridabad recorded an AQI of 406, which falls in the "severe" category, while Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Greater Noida recorded air of "very poor" quality.

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The Delhi government launched an aggressive 10-day "Clean Air Campaign" from November 1 to monitor and report polluting activities and ordered halting of construction activities and regulating vehicular traffic. From Thursday, all construction activities involving excavation and civil construction was ordered to be stopped in Delhi and other NCR districts.

"Ensure that we do not burn garbage and we report all instances of garbage burning and other pollution carefully and responsibly on the CPCB Facebook/Twitter accounts", said the EPCA on Wednesday.

Sunil Dahiya, senior campaigner at Greenpeace India, told ABC News that although the end of the monsoon season this time of year brings a spike in air pollution, the problems New Delhi faces are a long time in the making. She added that now the ventilation index, which depends on wind speed and mixing height, is higher due to which air quality has improved.

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An official said there is special focus on the regions recording "severe" air quality and teams deployed to monitor violations are conducting inspections at various such sites to check incidents of garbage or industrial waste burning.