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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chairs a high-level meeting on pollution in the national capital, at the Delhi Secretariat, Monday, Nov. 6, 2023. Delhi Ministers Gopal Rai, Kailash Gahlot, Atishi Singh and Saurabh Bhardwaj are also seen.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chairs a high-level meeting on pollution in the national capital, at the Delhi Secretariat, Monday, Nov. 6, 2023. Delhi Ministers Gopal Rai, Kailash Gahlot, Atishi Singh and Saurabh Bhardwaj are also seen.

Delhi NCR Air Pollution Highlights: The national capital continues to be covered by a toxic haze, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the ‘severe’ category, recorded at 411 as of 2 pm on Monday. According to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), Delhi witnesses its peak pollution levels from November 1 to November 15, a period when incidents of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana rise significantly....Read More

The 24-hour average AQI, measured at 4 pm each day amid the Delhi pollution level rise, deteriorated from 415 on Saturday to 454 on Sunday, prompting the implementation of emergency measures mandated by the central government under Stage IV of its air pollution control plan known as the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

The air pollution crisis is not limited to Delhi alone, as several cities in neighbouring states like Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh have also reported dangerously poor air quality.

GRAP divides its actions into four stages: Stage I - 'Poor' (AQI 201-300); Stage II - 'Very Poor' (AQI 301-400); Stage III - 'Severe' (AQI 401-450); and Stage IV - 'Severe Plus' (AQI >450).

Here are the latest steps taken:

• The Odd-Even system will come into effect from November 13 and continue for a week until November 20, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai announced on Monday. Under this system, vehicles with license plate numbers ending in odd and even digits will be permitted to operate on alternate days.

• The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has urged Delhi and NCR states to impose a ban on construction activities related to linear public projects. They have also recommended that 50% of government and private office employees be allowed to work remotely.

• The Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) has been implemented in Delhi, during which only CNG, electric, and BS VI-compliant vehicles from other states are permitted to enter Delhi. Exemptions are granted only to those involved in essential services. Additionally, the latest directive from CAQM imposes a ban on all medium and heavy goods vehicles that are not engaged in essential services in the capital.

• The Transport Department of the Delhi government has issued an order prohibiting the entry of trucks, except those transporting essential goods, into the national capital in line with the Stage IV of the revised GRAP and is in accordance with Section 115 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. It specifies that no entry is allowed for truck traffic into Delhi, with the exception of trucks carrying essential commodities or providing essential services, as well as LNG/CNG/Electric trucks.

• Due to the elevated levels of pollution, Delhi's Minister Atishi on Sunday, announced the closure of primary schools in the capital city until November 10.

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Nov 6, 2023 9:56 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: People flocking to doctors as AQI continues in 'severe' category

The AQI in Delhi NCR has reached the "severe" category, posing a serious threat to the health of people. Speaking about the deteriorating health of people owing to pollution in the national capital, Dr Randeep Guleria, former AIIMS Director and senior pulmonologist said, "Right now we are seeing that the Air Quality Index has been in the very severe range for the last few days in Delhi and NCR leading to an adverse effect. As far as respiratory health is concerned, we are seeing an increasing number of patients coming to the OPD with respiratory problems, breathing difficulties, and worsening of the underlying lung problem with asthma, COPD bronchitis or chronic lung disease".

Nov 6, 2023 9:43 PM IST

J’khand CM expresses concern over Delhi pollution, praises tribals for nature conservation

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Monday praised the contribution of Jharkhand tribals in protecting the forests of the state. "Look at Delhi where educational institutions were shut due to pollution," he said, adding that if any construction activities is done anywhere, greenery is hit. "Even if a tree is not cut, shrubs are surely removed for constructions," Soren said.

Nov 6, 2023 9:12 PM IST

Delhi's Hindu College develops hybrid air disinfection machine amid rising pollution

Amid deteriorating air quality in Delhi, the startup cell of Delhi University's Hindu College has developed a hybrid air disinfection machine, an official statement said on Monday.

The machine is capable of taking care of both air pollution and air contaminants such as viruses and bacteria, among other infectious agents, it added.

"The machine has been created as a one-stop solution for air pollution and airborne pathogens. This indigenously developed machine is a true innovation under self-reliant India campaign," principal Anju Srivastava, said.

Nov 6, 2023 8:46 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: Gurugram primary schools closed till further orders due to rising pollution

The Gurugram administration has ordered suspension of classes from nursery to class five to protect school children from rising pollution in NCR.

The decision was taken on the recommendations of the Air Quality Management Commission and the Pollution Control Commission.

Nov 6, 2023 7:53 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: Air quality remains 'severe', max temp settles at 31.5 degrees C

Delhi's air quality showed a marginal improvement on Monday, while the maximum temperature was recorded at 31.5 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 13.5 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average.

Nov 6, 2023 7:10 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: MCD forms panel to monitor work under its Winter Action Plan to curb air pollution

"The MCD has directed the implementation of restrictions under GRAP-IV across its 12 zones. We have set up a monitoring team which will look after the work being done by the surveillance teams on the ground," Mayor Shelly Oberoi said in a press conference.

Nov 6, 2023 6:42 PM IST

Recap | New Delhi to restrict use of vehicles to curb air pollution

The local government said that it will impose the "odd-even" vehicle rule from Nov. 13-20 to mitigate pollution levels that are expected to rise after the Hindu festival of Diwali on Nov. 12, when firecrackers are often set despite a ban.

Nov 6, 2023 5:49 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: Fire department starts sprinkling water at 13 pollution hotspots

The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) has started sprinkling water at 13 hotspots to curb rising air pollution in the city, officials said on Monday. "Sprinkling water in these 13 locations will help settle down dust," said DFS Director Atul Garg, adding that a total of 12 fire tenders were pressed into service.

Nov 6, 2023 5:37 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: BJP scapegoating Punjab for air pollution in Delhi, says Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai

"A report by the central government revealed that stubble burning incidents (since September 15) in Punjab have reduced by 50 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year. With only 50 per cent of the harvesting completed, more stubble-burning incidents are expected. We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that farmers do not resort to burning paddy straw," Rai informed PTI.

Nov 6, 2023 5:17 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: Several resident criticise odd-even scheme in national capital

Several resident welfare associations in Delhi on Monday criticised the state government's decision to re-introduce the odd-even rule, while many others called for a complete lockdown to combat the rising air pollution. "The odd-even scheme is a political gimmick by the state government which has failed in introducing actionable solutions to this serious issue of pollution in Delhi. We are not happy with this decision," Atul Goel, president, United Residents Joint Action (URJA), said.

Nov 6, 2023 5:03 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: Over 2,200 vehicles challaned in Delhi amid enforcement of stricter anti-pollution norms

The Delhi Police issued challans to more than 2,200 vehicles in the national capital on Sunday in view of the increasing pollution and deteriorating air quality level here, officials said. "There are 13 pollution hot spots in the city where we have deployed the staff. The joint drive is being carried out with the MCD against the encroachment and unauthorised parking. We have deployed our staff during peak hours at the traffic congestion areas to ensure that the movement of traffic would not be affected," the officer said.

Nov 6, 2023 4:53 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: L-G Saxena inspects streets to take stock of pollution mitigation measures

As the air quality in the national capital worsened further, Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG), Vinai Kumar Saxena on Monday paid an inspection visit to the streets, taking stock of the pollution mitigating measures being undertaken by the various departments, agencies and civic bodies in the metropolis.

Nov 6, 2023 4:21 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: Haryana govt asks NCR deputy commissioners to decide on school closure as AQI turns 'severe'

The Haryana government has asked the deputy commissioners in the National Capital Region to assess the situation in their districts and take a call on closing schools due to the high level of pollution. For the last few days, the AQI has turned 'severe' in some Haryana districts, including Gurugram, Faridabad, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak, and Hisar.

Nov 6, 2023 3:20 PM IST

Delhi NCR air pollution LIVE: AAP-BJP slugfest continues over stubble burning

Delhi pollution news LIVE updates: Amid the severe air pollution crisis, the blame game between the ruling AAP in Delhi and the BJP continued on Monday. Both parties attributed the health emergency in the national capital to stubble burning in states governed by the other.

AAP's chief spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar, said during a press conference on Monday that the burning of paddy stubble (parali) in Haryana was responsible for the air pollution in Delhi, and she accused the BJP government in the state of not taking sufficient measures to prevent these agricultural fires.

In response, Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva retaliated by claiming that there were more than 3,000 instances of stubble burning in AAP-ruled Punjab on Sunday, while Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was preoccupied with "political tourism" in states preparing for elections.

(With PTI inputs)

Nov 6, 2023 1:56 PM IST

Delhi pollution news LIVE updates: Odd-even system from Nov 13 to 20; AQI ‘severe plus’ at 488

Delhi pollution news LIVE updates: After a high-level meeting conducted by the Delhi government on Monday to address the worsening air quality, Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced the implementation of the "Odd-Even" system for a one-week period, commencing on November 13 and concluding on November 20.

Under this system, vehicles with licence plate numbers ending in odd and even digits will be allowed to operate on alternate days.

The "Odd-Even" rule was initially introduced in 2016 by the AAP government as a measure to combat vehicular pollution and reduce the rising levels of particulate matter.

Nov 6, 2023 12:49 PM IST

Delhi pollution news LIVE: ‘Came to see Taj Mahal, but…’ Tourists disappointed. See why

Delhi pollution news LIVE: The deteriorating air quality has also impacted tourism in various parts of Delhi and other polluted cities. In Agra, tourists appeared disappointed due to the air quality conditions, preventing them from seeing the Taj Mahal, and they are urging the government to take possible steps.

On Monday, a tourist named Madhavi said, "...I came to see the Taj Mahal but because of the deteriorating air quality, we have not been able to see it...Responsibility for this should be taken by people along with the government..."

Another tourist, Ashish Singh, mentioned, "...I came to see the Taj Mahal...We have been waiting for one hour, and nothing can be seen...Attention should be given to the cleanliness of the Yamuna river..."

(With ANI inputs)

Nov 6, 2023 12:21 PM IST

Delhi pollution news LIVE: Fire services sprinkle water in hotspot areas to curb pollution

Delhi pollution news LIVE: Delhi Fire Services conducted a water sprinkling drive in the hotspot areas of the national capital as air quality conditions continued to deteriorate.

Nov 6, 2023 10:58 AM IST

Delhi pollution news LIVE: Amid deteriorating air quality, stubble burning continues in Punjab villages

Delhi pollution news LIVE: Despite the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, villages in neighboring Punjab continue to report cases of stubble burning. Farmers express feeling "helpless" as they claim to have no other viable options.

“Burning stubble is not my hobby, but I am helpless. The government should find a solution to this. We do not want to burn stubble but we are helpless... The government has not been successful in tackling the issue of stubble burning...Our children and family also stay here, and they are at risk too but we cannot do anything, we are helpless,” news agency ANI quoted a Punjab farmer as saying.

Nov 6, 2023 10:21 AM IST

Delhi pollution news LIVE: Latest visuals of haze from DND Flyover

Delhi pollution news LIVE updates: The Air Quality Index (AQI) 9 am from ITO in Delhi recorded at 400, falling within the 'Very Poor' category. Similarly, the AQI data from Ashok Vihar in West Delhi was at 398, again at ‘very poor’ category.

As per information provided by the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR-India), the air quality in the National Capital has been measured at 488, showing an increase from the previous day's reading of 410.

Nov 6, 2023 9:55 AM IST

Delhi pollution news LIVE: CM Kejriwal calls for ‘high-level’ meeting today to curb air pollution

Delhi pollution news LIVE: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for a high-level meeting today as the air quality continues to worsen. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Delhi Secretariat at 12 pm, news agency PTI reported.

Officials have also confirmed that Delhi's environment minister, along with representatives from all relevant departments, will be in attendance.

The overall air quality in the National Capital remains at the 'severe' level for the fifth consecutive day, as reported by the Central Pollution Control Board. The Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded at 9 AM from ITO in Delhi registered at 400 in the 'Very Poor' category."

Nov 6, 2023 9:03 AM IST

Delhi pollution LIVE: IIT-Kanpur prepares for 'artificial rain to tackle Delhi-NCR air pollution, says report

Delhi pollution LIVE: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has claimed to have come up with a potential remedy for tackling the air pollution issue in Delhi and its nearby areas. Their suggestion involves the utilisation of "artificial rain" generated through cloud seeding to help disperse pollutants and airborne dust.

Nevertheless, the execution of artificial rain-making hinges on specific meteorological conditions, including the presence of moisture-laden clouds and appropriate wind patterns. It's important to note that cloud seeding and the creation of artificial rain are not precise sciences as of yet, and it remains uncertain whether they can be effective during the pre-winter months or on a larger scale. Read more

Nov 6, 2023 8:41 AM IST

Air pollution LIVE: Here's how Lucknow looks like now

Visuals from Lucknow on Monday morning. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Visuals from Lucknow on Monday morning. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Air pollution LIVE: A thick haze engulfed Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow on Monday morning. The air quality index at Lalbagh in Lucknow is at 342 in the 'very poor' category as of 7 am today.

Nov 6, 2023 8:28 AM IST

Delhi pollution LIVE: Can rain improve air quality?

Delhi pollution LIVE: Precipitation plays a vital role in enhancing air quality by assisting in the settling of particulate matter and dust present in the atmosphere. Rainfall effectively brings down common air pollutants such as particulate matter and pollen.

However, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the absence of rain in the national capital.

Nov 6, 2023 8:15 AM IST

Delhi pollution LIVE: Morning visuals of air pollution levels at Yamuna River near Kalindi Kunj

Toxic foam formed on the Yamuna River amid rising air pollution levels. The picture was taken on Monday morning near Kalindi Kunj. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Toxic foam formed on the Yamuna River amid rising air pollution levels. The picture was taken on Monday morning near Kalindi Kunj. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Delhi pollution LIVE: Amidst the increasing air pollution levels, a large amount of white toxic foam has formed on the Yamuna River. Smog has engulfed the surrounding areas, causing visibility to drop to dangerous levels

Nov 6, 2023 8:06 AM IST

Delhi pollution LIVE: Know the details on GRAP Stage IV here

Delhi pollution LIVE: On Sunday, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) implemented Stage 4 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), introducing stringent measures concerning heavy diesel vehicles. These measures include an immediate ban on diesel-powered light commercial vehicles (LCVs) registered outside Delhi and those that do not comply with BS-6 emission standards from entering the capital. Read more here

Nov 6, 2023 8:00 AM IST

Delhi pollution LIVE: ‘Govt should take action, it’s high time’ a local at Kartavya Path

Delhi pollution LIVE: As the haze in the national capital continues, a resident at Delhi's Kartavya Path told ANI, “This situation occurs every year. The Central Governmnet accuses Delhi Governmnet of the situation and the Delhi Government accuses Central Government of it... The government should take action as it's high time.”

Central government on Sunday implemented Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi which allows only CNG, electric, and BS VI-compliant vehicles from other states are permitted to enter Delhi.

Nov 6, 2023 8:00 AM IST

Delhi pollution LIVE: ‘Govt should take action, it’s high time’ a local at Kartavya Path

Delhi pollution LIVE: As the haze in the national capital continues, a resident at Delhi's Kartavya Path told ANI, “This situation occurs every year. The Central Governmnet accuses Delhi Governmnet of the situation and the Delhi Government accuses Central Government of it... The government should take action as it's high time.”

Central government on Sunday implemented Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi which allows only CNG, electric, and BS VI-compliant vehicles from other states are permitted to enter Delhi.