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Delhi air pollution live: Environment ministry forms panel, women to be exempted from odd-even scheme

With Delhi’s air toxicity getting worse, the government announced tougher emergency measures including implementing the odd-even scheme. Here are the live updates on the situation in the National Capital Region:

Breathe Delhi Updated: Nov 09, 2017 19:22 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A homeless man sits on a road median amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017.(AFP Photo)

Smog-like conditions continued in Delhi on Thursday morning as air quality deteriorated and visibility dipped leading to 41 trains being late due to fog.

Delhi’s air quality continued to remain in the ‘severe’ zone. The air quality index (AQI) at 7.30 am was recorded at 468, which was worse than Tuesday’s average AQI of 448.

Read | Odd-even 3.0 to combat Delhi smog: All you need to know about the previous drives

Here are the live updates:

7.20pm: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh urges PM Narendra Modi to sanction Rs 100 bonus per quintal as incentive to compensate farmers to manage crop residue: PTI

5.48pm: Environment ministry forms seven-member committee to monitor short-term and long-term solutions to air pollution, reports PTI.

5.45pm: Women driver and two-wheelers to be exempted from odd-even scheme

5.30pm: Transport minister Kailash Gehlot urges PM Narendra Modi to convene emergency meeting with chief ministers of Delhi and adjoining states.

4.48pm: Delhi transport minister says exemptions under odd-even scheme to remain the same as last time. Scheme to implemented from 8am to 8pm.

4.47pm: We are calling a meeting of cabs and taxis tomorrow and we will ensure that there will be no surge pricing by Ola-Uber cabs, says minister Gehlot.

4.46pm: “IGL stickers for cars will be available from tomorrow at 22 CNG stations across Delhi. Also extra buses are being arranged. But we will not requisition for school buses,” says transport minister Gehlot

4.46pm: The odd-even scheme is being rolled out as a part of the graded response plan

4.45pm: Ministers will also have to abide by the scheme.

4.41pm: Odd-even will be implemented from November 13 to 17. Request people and all agencies to cooperate. Exemptions will be same like last time, says Delhi transport minister Kailash Gehlot: ANI

4.27pm: Amarinder Singh attacks his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal over crop stubble burning. “Mr.Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation. There is 20 million ton of paddy straw, where do I ask farmers to store? So Mr.Kejriwal doesn’t understand this problem,” says Singh: ANI

4.25pm: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh asks Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene meeting of chief ministers and Union ministers over the poor air quality: ANI

4.12pm: Measures such as stopping construction work, banning trucks and closing schools have been taken in response to the worsening Delhi air quality. Also, the vehicle rationing odd-even scheme will likely be back from next week.

4.10pm: Appeal to opposition parties to stop politics over the situation and give us solutions. We are willing to work together, says Gopal Rai

4.08pm: The chief minister met the L-G in an emergency meeting.

4.05pm: The Punjab and Haryana governments are not helping. This isn’t the time for blame-game: Rai

4pm: The Centre has remained quiet; the BJP and Congress are portraying the situation as something the Delhi government has concocted, says the AAP’s Gopal Rai.

4pm: Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) holds press conference. Gopal Rai begins speaking.

3.50pm: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has again written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking compensation for farmers for crop resident management to check the dangerous trend of stubble burning: ANI

2.20pm: Odd-even to be enforced between November 13-17 in Delhi: Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot to PTI.

2pm: To tackle pollution in Delhi, odd-even plan to return from November 13, reports ANI new agency.

1.30pm: Already in touch with states in NCR region, asked them to implement graded action plan. Constantly monitoring situation. There should be no reason to panic, take precautions try to stay indoors & don’t expose children to polluted air: Environment minister Harsh Vardhan.

1pm:

12.50pm: If everyone, central govt, UP, Punjab & Haryana govt, come together & put aside politics a solution can be found: Arvind Kejriwal.

12.46pm: Decision on Odd-Even formula will be taken by today or tomorrow, if need arises: Arvind Kejriwal.

12.43pm: Until state govts don’t find economically viable solutions to crop burning it will not stop: Kejriwal

12.40pm: For a month (from mid Oct to mid Nov) the whole northern India becomes a gas chamber, not just Delhi, says Delhi CM Kejriwal.

12.05pm: NGT has asked Delhi Government on the steps taken to curtail pollution, the number of challans issued to violators and the number of construction sites where work has been stopped.

11.55am: The National Green Tribunal lashed out at the Delhi government and the Central Pollution Control Board on Wednesday for not issuing orders to shut down construction and industrial activities in the capital despite the worsening air quality.

11.15am: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has urged farmers to avoid burning stubble.

“This is a matter of concern, we have taken all possible steps in Haryana. We have also requested people burning stubble to not do so,” Khattar told ANI.

10.20am:The Environment Pollution Control Authority said a decision on whether or not to implement the odd-even car rationing scheme will be taken later today.

9.30am: Thursday became the coldest of the season so far with minimum temperature at 13.8 degree Celsius. Wednesday was the second coldest with minimum temperature dropping at 14 degree Celsius.

9am: Stubble burning in Haryana continues even as pollution levels rise in the region and neighboring states, reports ANI news agency.

8.15am: 41 trains arriving late in Delhi due to weather conditions, nine rescheduled and 10 cancelled.

8am: 

7.45am: All schools in Delhi will remain shut till Sunday.

7.30am: As the average daily air quality index (AQI) hit a season-high 478, the lieutenant governor of Delhi banned the entry of trucks inside city limits, halted all construction activities, and ordered civic bodies to enforce a fourfold hike in parking fees.

First Published: Nov 09, 2017 08:10 IST