Stubble burning, which accounted for 12 percent of Delhi's PM 2.5 pollution on Sunday, contributed six percent on Monday.
The drive began on October 17 following orders from the Delhi government to check the dust pollution in the national capital, Delhi Fire Service officials said.
On November 11, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar expressed hope that the newly-constituted Commission for Air Quality would reduce pollution in Delhi.
'Red light on, Gaadi Off' till November 30: Environment Minister reminds Delhiites, extends campaign
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said the AAP government has decided to extend the ‘Red light on, Gaadi Off’ campaign to curb vehicular pollution till November 30.
Environmentalists say there are many solutions to end stubble burning, but lack of implementation sees the same problem repeat every year.
The members of Commission headed by formed Delhi cheif secretary MM Kutty reviewed air quality scenario in National Capital Region and adjoining areas.
13 per cent increase in COVID infections in Delhi due to air pollution; masks, air purifiers may not be enough: IMA
Stating that N-95 masks and air purifiers may not provide full time protection, the doctors' body stressed on the implementation of long-term measures to bring down pollution levels.
Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy Resources Institute, and Ashish Dhawan of the Air Pollution Action Group have been appointed as representatives of NGOs.
Experts said that raging farm fires and a fall in the wind speed and temperatures pushed air quality in Delhi-NCR to the worst levels in around a year on Thursday.
COVID situation worsening in Delhi due to air pollution, avoid bursting crackers: CM Arvind Kejriwal
Kejriwal said that he along with his cabinet ministers will perform 'Lakshmi Puja' at 7:39 pm at some place and urged Delhiiites to join them from their homes by watching it on television.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor, SAFAR, said 3,216 farm fires were spotted over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Saturday.
A significant improvement is likely in the national capital’s air quality over the next two days due to favourable wind speed, a central government air quality monitoring agency said on Friday.
The chief minister said the government wants to involve everyone in the fight against pollution as 'no big change can take place without the support of people'.
The 26-member commission, which will be headquartered in Delhi, will be headed by a Chairperson, not below the level of secretary, appointed by the central government.
Implementation of SC directions on the agreed 2022 schedule for thermal power plant emission standards will be needed to control air pollution in the coming years.