Delhi air quality improves to 'very poor', curbs imposed

People take desperate measures to fight polluted air. File

Inspired by the World Health Organization's (WHO) first-ever global conference on air pollution held recently in Geneva, the campaign hopes to raise awareness on the effects of air pollution in the capital and to urge policy makers to take prompt remedial action, the statement said.

According to reports from SAFAR, about 28 percent of pollution by PM2.5 (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of fewer than 2.5 micrometers) on Tuesday was caused due to regional factors like stubble burning. However, even at such trying times, when both the central and state governments are devising plans to curb the problem, environment ministers of four neighbouring states skipped an important meet to discuss Delhi's worsening air pollution.

The PM2.5 level was recorded at 210.

The launch of a Clean Air Strategy in May by environment secretary Michael Gove already indicated the reduction of air pollution has become a priority for the United Kingdom government. As part of the emergency measures, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee has asked all stone crushers and hot mix plants to remain shut during the period.

Gurgaon recorded "severe" air quality at 416, while it was "very poor" in Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida.

The air quality in the national capital and its surroundings turned "severe" on Thursday with humidity trapping particulate matter added to stubble burning by Punjab and Haryana farmers.

The building department has also fined owners of 39 sites for not complying with its directives to check pollution and a fine of Rs 8 lakh was imposed on them.

"Ensure that we do not burn garbage and we report all instances of garbage burning and other pollution carefully and responsibly on the CPCB Facebook/Twitter accounts", the EPCA said Wednesday. Pollution control measures at brick kilns.4.

So far this year till 31 October, a total of 1,89,290 vehicles were checked and 391 of those were impounded as they were "over-age", he said.

On Friday, Wazirpur, Sonia Vihar and Ashok Vihar had recorded "severe" quality air while 28 other areas recorded "very poor" air quality, according to the CPCB data.

In Geneva today, the United Kingdom government has further committed to take action in bringing down particulate matter in the country, the most harmful air pollutant, promising to halve the number of British people living with concentrations of particulate matter above the World Health Organization guideline of 10 μg/m3 by 2025. We might have to stop the functioning of private cars if air pollution increases in the city.

The CPCB has put up guidelines for the public to file complaints of air pollution in Delhi-NCR on its social media page, website, and through its mobile application.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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