Delhi pollution: Air quality plummets after improving marginally on Sunday, visibility affected

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A day after the air quality slipped into "severe" category, there was a marginal dip in pollution level due to increased wind speed but the air quality still remained "very poor". 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. At 7PM, the air quality was "hazardous" in most parts of the capital with AQI breaching 600 in several parts of the city.

On the closing of the three-day global conference on air pollution and health by the World Health Organization, Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO said that the every human is entitled to breathe clean air.

The air quality in Anand Vihar area in the national Capital recorded PM2.5 349 and PM10 level was said to be at 328.

The apex court had passed these directions on a note placed before it by advocate Aparajita Singh, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the air pollution matter, seeking urgent directions to correct the prevailing situation of pollution. This flushed out pollutants, an official of the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said.

Environment Ministry on Thursday constituted 52 special action teams that will go to various places of Delhi-NCR and report the incidents of pollution to the concerned enforcing agency.

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According to forecasts, the air pollution might relent to "very poor" category - when AQI is between 300 and 400 - on Tuesday before it starts climbing back up again from Wednesday.

The residents of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) have been advised to avoid all outdoor activities, keep medicines handy in case of respiratory diseases and curb the use of private cars and two-wheelers.

Unless Minister Motsoaledi and the National Department of Health take air pollution, and its associated severe public health impacts and significant climate change impacts seriously, we will be ignoring what is ostensibly the greatest public health impact we face. The GRAP is an emergency plan implemented in phases to combat pollution depending upon the air quality of the city.

However, government is not satisfied with the figure and working on to decrease it further.

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. Civil construction has also been suspended in Delhi and other NCR districts, besides closure of all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution.

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