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Delhi Pollution Highlights: City’s AQI worst on the planet, children hardest hit

Delhi Pollution Highlights: Shift in wind direction due to western disturbance may help improve Air Quality Index (AQI) ahead of Diwali, say IMD officials.
Delhi Pollution news: In this picture taken on November 7, 2023, a doctor (not pictured) examines the X-ray of child with breathing difficulties at the emergency ward of the government-run Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya children hospital in New Delhi.
Delhi Pollution news: In this picture taken on November 7, 2023, a doctor (not pictured) examines the X-ray of child with breathing difficulties at the emergency ward of the government-run Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya children hospital in New Delhi.

Delhi Pollution Highlights: The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the National Capital remains in the 'severe' category, based on data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Toxic smog persists over various city areas, with Anand Vihar at 432, RK Puram at 453, Punjab Bagh at 444, and ITO at 441, all falling under the 'severe' category, as per SAFAR-India....Read More

Neighbouring Ghaziabad (369), Gurugram (396), Noida (394), Greater Noida (450), and Faridabad (413) also retained ‘very bad’ air quality.

Officials from the India Meteorological Department say that a shift in wind direction from northwest to southeast, caused by a new western disturbance impacting northwest India, is expected to decrease the influence of stubble burning smoke.

However, slow wind speed is currently impeding this improvement. After the passage of the western disturbance, wind speed is anticipated to rise from the current 5-6 kmph to approximately 15 kmph on November 11, aiding in the dispersion of pollutants ahead of Diwali, according to the officials.

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Nov 9, 2023 4:51 PM IST

Delhi govt ready to bear cost of artificial rain to combat pollution, can do it by Nov 20 with Centre's support: Officials

The Delhi government has decided to bear the entire cost of artificial rain to combat hazardous air pollution in the city and directed the chief secretary to present the government's views before the Supreme Court on Friday, officials said.

If the Centre supports the decision, the Delhi government can arrange for the first phase of artificial rain in the city by November 20, they said on Thursday.

Nov 9, 2023 3:53 PM IST

More than 1,300 vehicle owners fined in single day for driving without PUC certificates

Amid high pollution levels in the national capital, the Delhi Traffic Police issued over 1,300 challans in a single day to vehicle owners driving without PUC certificates, officials said on Thursday.

On Sunday, after the city's air quality plummeted to the 'Severe Plus' category, Stage IV of the Centre's pollution control plan -- Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) -- came into effect in Delhi. Under GRAP Stage IV, all kinds of construction work and the entry of polluting trucks into the city are banned.

Nov 9, 2023 2:58 PM IST

Indian scientists hope cloud seeding can clean Delhi's toxic air

Indian scientists plan to seed clouds for the first time to trigger heavy rain in some areas of New Delhi, hoping this will be enough to tackle the smog gripping the world's most polluted capital for a week, the project's head said on Thursday.

Air quality dips in Delhi ahead of winter every year, when cold air traps pollutants from a variety of sources including vehicles, industries, construction dust, and agricultural waste burning.

Nov 9, 2023 1:38 PM IST

AAP govt's 'criminal failure' to provide alternatives to farmers in Punjab has turned Delhi into gas chamber: Bhupender Yadav

Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav on Thursday alleged the AAP government's "criminal failure" to provide alternatives to farmers in Punjab has "turned Delhi into a gas chamber".

"This country is yet to see a bigger liar than Arvind Kejriwal. 93 percent of farm fire events this year have happened in Punjab, turning Delhi-NCR into a gas chamber, because Aam Aadmi Party has failed to provide alternatives to farmers. This is a criminal failure of governance on the part of AAP," Yadav posted on X.

Nov 9, 2023 1:07 PM IST

Delhi Ministers to work at ground level to control pollution: Gopal Rai

"Today, a joint meeting was held with all the ministers of Delhi and discussions were held on how to activate the departments because implementation is a big challenge. The Cabinet has expressed displeasure over administrative laxity. The ministers will be working at the ground level in different districts," Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said after a review meeting on Thursday.

Nov 9, 2023 11:26 AM IST

Delhi's air quality severe; slight relief likely ahead of Diwali

The air quality in Delhi was recorded in the 'severe' category on Thursday with a marginal improvement expected just ahead of Diwali as meteorological conditions are likely to become slightly favourable.

The city's Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 420 at 8 am on Thursday, compared to 426 at 4 pm on Wednesday.

Nov 9, 2023 10:32 AM IST

Odd-even scheme has failed to check air pollution: Delhi Cong chief

"The odd-even scheme of the state government had been established as a wrong step, which did not reduce pollution, but only created inconvenience to the people. The Delhi Congress wants to give a constructive suggestion that the lieutenant governor should call an all-party meeting to find a lasting solution to the dangerous air pollution," Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said in a statement.

Nov 9, 2023 10:09 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh's air quality deteriorates to 'very poor' category

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Uttar Pradesh deteriorated from the 'poor' category to the 'very poor' category on Thursday, as per the data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

In view of the worsening air quality index, the Noida and Ghaziabad district administrations on Tuesday decided to discontinue all physical classes in schools apart from those for students of Class X and XII until Friday, in view of the worsening air quality conditions.

Nov 9, 2023 9:09 AM IST

Ministers will work at ground level to ensure implementation of pollution control measures: Gopal Rai

Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said all ministers of the Delhi government will work at the ground level to ensure strict implementation of air pollution control measures in the national capital.

Addressing a press conference here, Rai expressed concern over negligence on part of officers in the implementation of measures outlined in the Centre's air pollution control plan called Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

Nov 9, 2023 8:35 AM IST

Gas stoves mean dangerous pollution in most homes, study finds

Gas stoves might make your cooking experience sizzle, but a Europe-wide study reveals they also cook up unsafe air pollution, with nitrogen dioxide levels doubling the legal limits in households using them compared to electric alternatives.

Nov 9, 2023 8:33 AM IST

Noida DM asks builders to ramp up anti-pollution measures, warns of penalty

District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar urged industries and builders to enhance anti-pollution efforts, emphasi strict penalties for violations of NGT norms in Noida and Greater Noida.

Nov 9, 2023 7:42 AM IST

Delhi Pollution Live Updates: Khattar govt in Haryana failed to tackle pollution situation, says AAP's Anurag Dhanda

The Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana has failed to tackle the pollution situation, AAP leader Anurag Dhanda said on Wednesday and claimed some villages that did not report farm fires in 2022 have witnessed stubble burning this year.

"When a pigeon sees a cat, it closes its eyes. That way, it assumes that, since it can't see the cat, the cat does not exist. That is the approach of the Khattar government on the pollution situation," Dhanda, a senior vice-president of the AAP's Haryana unit, told reporters

Nov 9, 2023 7:06 AM IST

Delhi Pollution Live Updates: Haryana chief secretary says govt has taken stringent measures against stubble burning

The Haryana government, in its strict stance against stubble burning, has issued 1,256 challans, imposing fines exceeding 32 lakh and initiating 72 FIRs, as disclosed by Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal on Wednesday.

Nov 9, 2023 6:20 AM IST

Delhi Pollution Live Updates: ‘Cases of stubble burning coming down in Punjab’: Delhi Minister Gopal Rai

Gopal Rai, Delhi's environment minister, said stubble burning has reduced compared to last year in Punjab.

“Stubble burning is much less than last year. Previously, stubble burning was happening in a scattered manner. Now that the sowing season is coming, they (farmers) are in a rush to burn it all".

"We are talking to the people there. We need immediate action there (to bring down cases of stubble burning...," Rai said

Nov 9, 2023 6:10 AM IST

Delhi Pollution Live Updates: You are smoking 10 cigarettes daily!

Medical experts say that inhaling Delhi's polluted air is akin to the detrimental impact of smoking around 10 cigarettes daily.

Nov 9, 2023 5:48 AM IST

Delhi Pollution Live Updates: Authorities place strict restrictions in the city

Stage IV restrictions of GRAP, which include a halt to all construction activities and the entry of polluting trucks into Delhi, were implemented on Sunday in response to the city's air quality reaching 'severe plus' levels (AQI above 450).

GRAP classifies actions across four stages:

• Stage I - Poor (AQI 201-300)

• Stage II - Very Poor (AQI 301-400)

• Stage III - Severe (AQI 401-450)

• Stage IV - Severe Plus (AQI above 450).

Nov 9, 2023 5:44 AM IST

Delhi Pollution Live Updates: What chokes national capital?

Data from the Decision Support System, a numerical model-based framework identifying sources of particulate matter pollution in Delhi, reveals that on Wednesday, stubble burning in neighboring states, especially Punjab and Haryana, contributed to 38% of the air pollution in Delhi. The projection indicates a decrease to 27% on Thursday and further down to 12% on Friday.

Nov 9, 2023 4:31 AM IST

Gopal Rai calls meeting of all Delhi ministers

Delhi’s finance and revenue minister Atishi, health minister Saurabh Bhardwaj, transport minister Kailash Gahlot, social welfare minister Rajkumar Anand and food and supply minister Imran Hussain will be present in the meeting convened by Environment Minister Gopal Rai. Read detailed story on: Delhi pollution

Nov 9, 2023 3:56 AM IST

Delhi children hardest hit by smog

The emergency room at Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, a government-run hospital in the Indian capital, is filled with children grappling with respiratory issues, particularly asthma and pneumonia. These cases surge during the winter peak of air pollution in the densely populated megacity of 30 million people.