Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE Updates: Delhi-NCR's air quality deteriorates further today, November 3, breaching ‘400’ danger mark on a scale of 500 with AQI reaching alarming levels in several places.
To name a few Anand Vihar station, Punjabi Bagh station, Mundka station recorded AQI levels in ‘severe’ category that is above 400 AQI mark, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. This situation prompted a ban on non-essential construction work and the closure of primary schools in the capital last evening. In view of the situation restrictions have been imposed on diesel and petrol vehicles operating in and around Delhi .
Government agencies have further warned that pollution levels could worsen in Delhi-NCR over the next 15-20 days due to a surge in farm fires along with expected drop in temperature and air speed. Smoky haze blanketed the skyline of national capital on Thursday and it is expected that the situation will continue for the next few days.
The concentration of PM2.5 exceeded the safe limit of 60 micrograms per cubic metre by a 7 to 8 times across various locations which can trigger respiratory and health problems.
Smoke from stubble burning accounted for 25% of the PM2.5 pollution in Delhi on November 2 and may reach as high as 35% today, according to Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune.
Pollution levels dip marginally but thick haze lingers over city
Due to a relatively higher wind speed in the evening hours, the air pollution levels dipped marginally in Delhi and surrounding parts of the national capital region. However, a thick haze continues to linger over the NCR. The air is considered to be “toxic" as the PM2.5 particulates are 80 times over the limit set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Parts of national capital under ‘thick layer of haze’
Scores of residents flocking to nearby hill stations in Himachal Pradesh
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE Updates: Over the weekend, scores of Delhi residents are flocking to the nearby hill stations of Mcleodganj, Dharamshala and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh to escape the severe air pollution in the national capital.
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Delhi minister explains why smog tower is shut
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE Updates: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai gave details on the smog tower which has been shut.
Gopal Rai said, "Last evening when Delhi's AQI level was going up, we saw several BJP leaders going to Connaught Place-located smog tower and making videos...I thought it was important for the people in Delhi to know under what conspiracy the smog tower in Delhi was shut and who did it..."
“Violating all traditions, Central Government appointed Ashwani Kumar as the Chairman of DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee)...Using his superpower, Ashwani Kumar violated Supreme Court order and stopped the payment for the study of smog tower...Following this, the agencies stopped the study and the smog tower was shut," Gopal said.
How is Delhi air quality today? ‘Very severe’
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE Updates: On Saturday morning, the air quality in multiple parts of Delhi was marked as 'severe,' while the minimum temperature in the national capital was recorded at 16.6 degrees Celsius, slightly higher than the seasonal norm, according to officials. The Air Quality Index (AQI) for Delhi reached 407 at 9 am
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Delhi LG to urgently meet Arvind Kejriwal as air quality reaches 'hazardous'
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE Updates: Delhi L-G Vinai Kumar Saxena has called for an urgent meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the air quality in the national capital turns hazardous to breathe. The meeting is likely scheduled for 6 pm.
Delhi's construction body shows support to govt measures, warns of delay in completion of projects
As the Delhi government has put a blanket ban on all construction activities due to worsening air pollution in the capital. Real estate develipers' body Naredco on Friday extended support to the government. However, it also flagged concerns over delay in completing projects while builders' association Credai asked members to take anti-pollution measures at sites.
Delhi's air pollution stirs political fight between BJP and AAP
Severe air pollution in Delhi has stirred political fight between the BJP and Aam Aadmi Party. Recently, the Bhartiya Janata Party leader Gaurav Bhatia hit out at the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal over the air pollution in the national capital and said that everyone knows that the AAP Chief is known for corruption now he is also going to be known for his ineffectiveness and false promises.
Addressing the press conference, Bhatia said “Everyone knows that Kejriwal is known for corruption. Now he is also going to be known for his ineffectiveness and false promises. There is pollution in Delhi which is dangerous for the general public. The pollution in Delhi is threatening to common people, but if there is someone more threatening than that, it's Arvind Kejriwal. He is threatening because his motive is to do cheap politics. It is a very good thing to expand the party, but Kejriwal ji, you have been in power for 9-10 years, and you have not taken any concrete steps against pollution. The pollution in the air is the result of Arvind Kejriwal's lack of efforts."
‘Requested the LG to take action against DPCC chairman who closed Smog Tower without…’ Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai
After attending a meeting at Delhi LG's residence, Delhi's Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that he requested LG VK Saxena to take action against the DPCC chairman who closed the Smog Tower and Real-Time Source Apportionment System without any cabinet decision.
THe meeting also considered working together with the neighbouring states of Delhi.
Bangladesh cricket team cancels training session in Delhi due to severe air pollution
Due to severe air pollution, Bangladesh cricket team cancelled training session in Delhi on Friday. Many of Bangladesh cricketers experienced cough after they went out on Thursday. Hence, they chose to not go out and practice for their match against Sri Lanka on Friday.
Delhi police seize 187 kg of firecrackers, arrest 3
The Delhi Police, on Friday, arrested three people and seized 187 kg of fire crackes from their possession from different locations in south and east Delhi, officials said on Friday.
Police was able to caught people after it got information that Mandeep Singh (30), who runs a sports shop in the Madangir area, was storing firecrackers in his shop, a senior police officer said.
Delhi AQI is improving since afternoon, likely to improve, says Centre's Panel
Centre's Panel indicated on improvement in air quality in Delhi. On Friday evening, the panel said that Delhi's AQI is better since afternoon. It also added that the AQI is likely to improve further.
Jewar BJP MLA urges UP Govt to declare environment emergency
As the menace of air pollution has begun to trouble northern states, BJP Leaderand Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh urged Uttar Pradesh government to declare environmental emergency in the affected areas. He also asked the state government to temporarily halt all industrial activities to bring down pollution
All Zonal sports tournament and Delhi State School Games suspended due to severe air pollution
All Zonal sports tournament, Delhi State School Games or other sports events are suspended in the national capital till further orders, said a notice released by the Delhi Government's Directorate of Education.
Centre's panel defers implementation of stricter measures under final GRAP 4
Amid rising air pollution, centre's panel has deferred implementation of stricter measures under final stage of air pollution control plan.
Worsening air pollution increases demand of air purifiers and masks in Delhi
To minimise the impact of worsening of air pollution in the state, more and more people are buying masks and air purifiers in Delhi-NCR region.
The air quality index in the national capital on Friday breached the 450 mark, raising an alarm for emergency measures to be enforced under the Centre's third stage of Graded Response Action Plan, GRAP-III.
"We have seen a 20-25 per cent increase in the demand for air purifiers in the last couple days. Due to the deteriorating condition of air quality in the city, more and more people are now looking to purchase air purifiers," a shopkeeper based in Delhi's Rajouri Garden told PTI.
Delhi MInister Saurabh Bharadwaj hits back at BJP on air pollution issue
Delhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj, on Friday, hit back at the BJP over the pollution issue. The minister accused the party of "two-faced and dirty politics", and asked what the Centre has been doing to curb pollution in Delhi.
Interacting with PTI, he urged all governments to work together to combat pollution.
The Delhi BJP, on Friday, accused the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of indulging in ‘political tourism’.
Haryana govt imposes fines over ₹25 lakh on stubble burning offenders
In the wake of worsening air quality in Delhi, Haryana government has cracked down on stubble burning offenders. The state government has imposed fines of over ₹25 lakh on offenders
NGT directs states to take immediate actions at places where air quality has dipped to poor, v poor, severe
Amid worsening air pollution in North India, National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed chief secretaries of states to take immediate remedial action in palces where air quality has dipped to poor, very poor and severe
Delhi HC pulls up government officials for their casual approach in permitting the felling of trees
The Delhi High Court, on Friday, pulled up city government officials for their “casual approach" in permitting felling of trees. The HC said that the city govt. officials are responsible for the air pollution “mess" in the national capital.
Justice Jasmeet Singh, who was hearing a contempt petition alleging non-application of mind by government officials while allowing requests for cutting trees, said development was important but it cannot be "reckless".
AQI Live: Delhi LG Saxena calls meeting with CM Arvind Kejriwal at 6 pm
AQI Live: Delhi LG Saxena calls meeting with CM Arvind Kejriwal at 6 pm on Friday.
BJP's Shehzad Poonawala dons gas mask
"Kejriwal lives in a Sheesh Mahal but Delhi is living in a Gas & Smog ka Mahal. I ask some questions on Delhi Smog Tower built at cost of ₹23 cr which is shut for 8 months! What use is it? What have you done to tackle pollution in last 8-9 years? Just blame Centre & DIWALI? Is this Smog Tower one more corruption done by AAP Government?" he asked.
New Delhi becomes world's most polluted city yet again
New Delhi has skyrocketed to the top of a real-time list of the world's most polluted cities. The data compiled by Swiss group IQAir put the AQI of the Indian capital at 640 in the "hazardous" category on Friday. The Pakistani city of Lahore trails far behind with an AQI of 335.
From 52 MRS machines, vacuum cleaners, water sprinklers to anti-smog guns deployed to clean Delhi air says Environment Minister
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: "Directions have been given to increase the working hours of vacuum cleaners currently operational in Delhi. There are 52 MRS machines of the MCD operating on Delhi roads at present. They will now be working 12 hours, instead of 8 hours. Similarly, 345 water sprinklers will also work for 12 hours so that more areas can be covered by them. Mobile anti-smog guns will also be used at (pollution) hotspots and other areas," said Delhi Environment minister.
Delhi's "Smog Tower" at Connaught Place built at a cost of ₹20 Crores is non operational
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Delhi's "Smog Tower" at Connaught Place that was inaugurated in 2021 at a cost of around ₹20 crore is not operational and is locked up.
‘Use public transport including metro and buses to control pollution,’ says Environment Minister Gopal Rai
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Environment Minister Gopal Rai said, "I appeal to the people of Delhi to use public transport including metro and buses to control pollution due to vehicles."
NCR residents could die nearly 12 years earlier due to air pollution says report
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: According to a report by University of Chicago's Energy Policy Institute the average national capital region resident could die nearly 12 years earlier due to air pollution.
‘Unfavourable weather conditions’ leading to ‘further accumulation of pollutants’ says IMD scientist
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: “We expect the unfavourable weather conditions – low wind speed, non-conducive wind direction and lack of rain – to persist for another two to three days, allowing for further accumulation of pollutants," said India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist.
‘Construction activities restricted except for work on national highways, metro projects, or airports’ says Noida's DM
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: "As per the order of the Commission of Air Quality Management, GRAP 3 has been implemented... All the stakeholders in Gautam Buddha Nagar have been directed... Strict compliance will be taken as AQI is increasing... Construction activities have been restricted except for work on national highways, metro projects, or airports. Some essential projects in the health sector have been exempt," said Noida's DM, Manish Verma.
BS-III Petrol and BS-IV Diesel LMV vehicles operating in Delhi to face a penalty of ₹ 20,000 says Delhi Government order
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Delhi Government issued an order on November 2 that states, “If any BS-III Petrol and BS-IV Diesel LMV (4 Wheeler) is found plying on roads will be prosecuted under Section 194(1) of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, which provides a fine of ₹20,000."
'GRAP Stage III imposed in Delhi in view of ‘Severe Air Quality ranging between 401-450’ says Commission for Air Quality Management notice
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Commission for Air Quality Management issued a notice that states, “Keeping in view the prevailing trend of air quality, in an effort to prevent further deterioration of the air quality, the CAQM decides that ALL actions as envisaged under stage III of the GRAP -'Severe' Air Quality (DELHI AQI ranging between 401-450) be implemented in right earnest by all the agencies concerned in the NCR, with immediate effect, in addition to the stage I and II actions already in force."
‘Severity conditions that are in Noida, Gurugram, or Faridabad are not in Delhi,’ says Delhi Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: "The severity conditions that are in Noida, Gurugram, or Faridabad are not in Delhi...It is not good to defame the people of Delhi. Delhi is the only state where a diesel generator is banned. In Noida and Gurgaon, most of the electricity comes from generators...Brick kilns are banned in Delhi. There are CNG and electric buses in Delhi. Did Haryana and UP have electric buses?... We are doing everything... Punjab's number of stubble burnings is in front of everyone... It has decreased as compared to past years...Does the centre not have any responsibility?" said Delhi Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj
Noida police catches hold of old vehicles without pollution and fitness certificates
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Noida Police launched a series of measures to curb hazardous pollution levels. Noida police seized around 175 vehicles violating pollution control norms and imposed fines on around 7,000 vehicles. DCP (Traffic) Noida, Anil Kumar Yadav said that the campaign extended over 15 days and encompassed actions against aged diesel and petrol vehicles as well as those whose pollution and fitness certificates were expired, reported TOI.
Odd-even to have a comeback? 'We are not delaying,' says Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: “We are not delaying (for odd-even). The Supreme Court has given the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) the mandate to take the decision. According to their direction, we are moving our steps. If the situation turns very serious, then we will take further decisions after discussing it with everyone," said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.
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Watch| Smog engulfs Delhi, NCR; Air pollution equals to smoking 31 cigarettes; In pics, videos how the city is choking
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: A number of residents in the national capital woke up to ‘severe’ AQI levels finding it hard to breathe. Smoky haze continues to blanket the skyline of the national capital, read here.
‘Delhi has become a gas chamber under Arvind Kejriwal’ says BJP leader Shehzad Poonawalla
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: BJP leader Shehzad Poonawalla said, "Delhi has become a gas chamber under Arvind Kejriwal. He has ensured that AQI levels are at their highest in the last four to five years….His government will blame the centre, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana... People of Delhi today, if they breathe this air, it is hazardous..."
Delhi bans entry of diesel buses, ‘State governments to ply only CNG, Electric, or BS-VI buses’ says Environment Minister
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Environment Minister Gopal Rai on November 1 said, "The entry of diesel buses into Delhi has been stopped from today as per the directions by CAQM (Commission for Air Quality Management). 18 teams have been formed for this...It is my request to the state governments to ply only CNG, Electric, or BS-VI buses from their depots so that passengers do not face any trouble."
Pollution levels peak from November 1 to November 15 says report
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Delhi, NCR experiences peak pollution from November 1 to November 15 when stubble burning incidents in Punjab and Haryana increase, according to a report by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
‘Use air purifiers at home’ says Safdarjung Hospital doctor, ‘recording a surge in .. irritative bronchitis infections’
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Head of the medicine department at Safdarjung Hospital, Jugal Kishore said, “We are recording a surge in the number of irritative bronchitis infections. It is recommended that people suffering from respiratory issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma take their medicines regularly and do not go out in the open unless absolutely necessary."
‘Visibility reduced to just 500 metres,’ says IMD official as smog covers Delhi, NCR's skyline
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: India Meteorological Department official reported that visibility reduced to just 500 metres at the Safdarjung Observatory around 7 am and will improve to 800 metres as temperatures rises during the day.
‘National Clean Air Programme chugging along without having any marked impacts,’ says Congress leader Jairam Ramesh
Delhi's air turns ‘hazardous’ even before Diwali, equals to smoking over 31 cigarettes a day
Watch| Delhi shrouded in a layer of haze with low visibility
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Hazardous air reported in several neighbouring cities of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh
Time to wear masks again: ‘More people have coughs, colds.. irritation in.. eyes, and breathing problems,’ says Apollo Hospital doctor
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Senior Consultant Respiratory Critical Care Sleep Medicine at Apollo Hospital, Dr Nikhil Modi says, “Pollution has started to increase once again... The number of patients with breathing problems has increased. More people have coughs, colds, water and irritation in their eyes, and breathing problems... People of every age are affected by this...The time has come for us to use masks."
Parents beware, Ganga Ram Hospital doctor says, “Pollution is going to impact more the paediatric age group”
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Senior pediatrician at Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr. Dhiren Gupta says, “Pollution is going to impact more the pediatric age group than adults... Once you are exposed in pregnancy, there are very high chance that an unborn newborn will be allergic later on. In infancy, remodelling happens in the lungs and other areas."
Pollution levels worsen, AQI ‘severe’ in Noida and surrounding areas
Delhi, NCR Air Pollution LIVE News Updates: Sector 62, Noida recorded an AQI of 483 in the ‘severe’ category while Sanjay Nagar in Ghaziabad recorded an AQI of 393 in the ‘poor’ range according to Uttar Pradesh Central Pollution Control Board (UPPCB).
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