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The air quality index in Beijing climbed to 213, which is categorised by the World Health Organisation, (WHO) as "very unhealthy".
Under the emergency plan called Graded Response Action Plan, stringent actions are implemented based on the air quality of the city.
Stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is a major cause of air pollution not only in the two states but also in the national capital.
The air quality in Delhi usually starts plummeting during October-November due to slow winds and dropping temperatures.
A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked this to the Centre after perusing a status report filed by the government.
Delhi Minister for Environment and Forests Imran Hussain directed transport officials and traffic police to deploy more staff to act against overloaded vehicles.
Unlike many other cities in the country where air pollution levels are soaring beyond prescribed standards, Hyderabad has an action plan in place for keeping air pollution levels under control.
A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said authorities should look into the larger perspective while dealing with the issue of protection of Taj Mahal.
The findings, published in the journal PNAS, imply that the indirect effect of pollution on social welfare could be much larger than previously thought, the researchers said.
PM2.5 pollution comes from power plants, cars and trucks, fires, agriculture and industrial emissions.
But the index has regularly topped 150 this month, which is considered a health threat to the general population. A reading over 300 is seen as hazardous.
A drastic increase in number of people suffering from pulmonological diseases reported.
The Centre told the bench that the diesel vehicles will have orange stickers pasted on their windshield while petrol and CNG vehicles will have blue stickers.
Noting that ambient air pollution alone may cost India more than USD 0.5 trillion per year, the study said it is causing hundreds of millions of people in the country to lead shorter and sicker lives.