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In Delhi, more than 12,800 trees have been cut in the last three years for various government projects, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh informed Rajya Sabha today.
Delhiites breathed clean air last month after nearly a year.
A team of experts have suggested that burning of fuel, biomass and garbage is turning its famous white marble dome and minarets into brownish yellow.
Mumbai and Delhi, two heavily populated cities, records the highest levels of pollution.
Baijal made the remarks after inaugurating a high-tech nursery at the Lodhi Gardens in the heart of the city.
The air quality in Delhi remained 'severe' for the sixth day today as both government and private hospitals continued to get cases of breathing issues and eye-related complications.
The dispersion of pollutants has become faster after the local winds picked up speed, which in turn has rapidly decreased the pollution level and improved air quality.
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has ordered civic agencies to be on 'maximum' alert and ensure necessary measures are taken to contain the spread of dust particles.
It showed that the ozone or O3 has showed up as the "dominant pollutant" along with particulate matter in the daily Air Quality Index from February to May.
The court said time has come to fix criminal liability and impose monetary penalty for losses caused to public, and the property owners and occupiers who misuse the property have to be held liable.
According to WHO data, Delhi has been among the top polluted cities since 2014.
Over 7,000 buses, a majority from neighbouring states, were booked for flouting pollution norms in the national capital in the last six years, the Delhi government informed the state Assembly.
Ultra-clean Euro-VI grade petrol and diesel, at no additional price, will be supplied in the national capital from Sunday in a bid to combat alarming levels of air pollution.
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant listed out various measures and also added that after the recommendation, the challenge now lies with the administrative machinery both at the state and municipal level.
The air quality of Dwarka was recorded to be highest with AQI 400 and the lowest was recorded at Delhi’s IHBAS with AQI 200.