If one travels through the cities in the Gangetic plains during winters, it is a scene straight out of an apocalypse film. The wheat and paddy fields lay covered in a dim haze.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, 24 of the 37 monitoring stations recorded the AQI in the 'severe' category around 11 am.
Delhi air quality still 'severe', patients complaining of respiratory illness surge at hospital OPDs
Doctors in Delhi emphasised that normal masks do not protect people properly from particulate matter (PM2.5), and reccommended wearing an N95 mask with a valve/filter.
An AQI range beteen 0 to 100 is considered as good, while from 100 to 200 it is termed moderate and from 200 to 300 it is poor. AQI ranging from 300 to 400 it is said to be very poor.
Satellite data shows red dots indicating farm fires in northwest region, including in Pakistan
Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena directed officials on Wednesday to install modified anti-smog guns atop 125 building across the capital to control dust pollution.
While Emerald Court would take one more day to be cleaned, the work at ATS Village could extend up to seven days due to more rubble and dust on the premises, according to officials.
This year’s Winter Action Plan is based on 15 focus points including- stubble and garbage burning, vehicular and dust pollution, hotspots, smog tower, dialogues with centre and neighbouring states.
Vehicular emissions, as well as illegal crop burning in the farm states surrounding New Delhi, have caused air quality to deteriorate dramatically, prompting calls for tough action.
SC to hear fresh plea today to curb rising pollution in Delhi-NCR; NGT says no review plea on odd-even scheme filed
The fresh plea seeks direction to the Centre and the states concerned to take measures on curbing road dust and stubble burning.
At least 69 trains were delayed, 22 rescheduled and eight trains were cancelled due to the shallow fog in northern India.
After a relative respite on Saturday, the national capital was enveloped in a thick blanket of smog on Sunday due to high levels of humidity.
According to a MeT department official, the minimum temperature fell to 13 degree Celcius, one degree below the season’s average. The weatherman also predicted the rain on November 14 or 15.
Dense smog continued to enshroud Delhi and the National Capital Region on Sunday, with pollution level remaining in the ‘severe’ category.
NGT gives green signal to Delhi's odd-even scheme to curb air pollution; no exemptions to VVIPs, women
No exemption will be granted to women, two-wheelers or VVIPs, announced a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.
Meanwhile, 64 trains are running late, 14 rescheduled and two have been cancelled in view of the thick smog hung over the city.
Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee's member secretary P J S Dadwal said this is the first time that Chandigarh has pollution of such levels.
According to the department, 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-year-old petrol vehicles will be seized in the NCR districts.
The Aam Aadmi Party said the smog in Delhi is not due to stubble burning in Punjab, but is being caused by industrial and vehicle pollution.
Singh has also again sought compensation from the PM for farmers for crop residue management to check the dangerous trend of stubble burning.