Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

What Is It That's Causing Delhi's Bad Air Quality?

What Is It That's Causing Delhi's Bad Air Quality?

It's an issue that we have created ourselves and are reaping issues of what we've sowed.

The air quality in Delhi remained in the "very poor" category on Friday recording 368 on the Air Quality Index, according to data of the Central Pollution Control Board.

According to experts, vehicle pollution is another big reason for Delhi's air pollution.

Scaling up WHO's own Air Pollution programme, globally, regionally and in countries, including through establishment of a Trust Fund with other partners on climate, environment and health, which could access climate and environment finance directly. The apex court had on Monday ordered Delhi government's transport department to start impounding overage vehicles if they are found plying on roads.

The authority is strongly concerned about air pollution and is taking every possible measure to combat it; CPCB is also taking complaints related to air pollution through Twitter and Facebook.

Delhi Metro announced that it has introduced 21 additional trains on its network with effect from Wednesday which will provide 812 additional number of trips to passengers using public transport.

The EPCA has stopped all construction activities involving excavation and civil construction (excluding internal finishing/work where no construction material is used) till November 10.

Pollution levels in Delhi-National Capital Region are likely to see a spike in coming days, as farmers in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana step up stubble burning.

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The 27-year-old Patterson, who has had seasons in Turkey, Italy and China, has since been released from airport custody. The dog was taken into quarantine and is to be deported to the United States on Friday, authorities said.

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said the prevailing meteorological conditions are less favourable for dispersal of pollutants for the next two days due to low wind speed.

India's ace boxer Mary Kom raised concerns over the deteriorating air quality in Delhi ahead of the AIBA Women's World Championships scheduled to be held in Delhi this month.

An official said there is special focus on the regions recording "severe" air quality and teams deployed to monitor violations are conducting inspections at various such sites to check incidents of garbage or industrial waste burning.

The first day of restriction in Delhi was imposed on Thursday after "severe-plus" air quality was measured with the AQI crossing the 500 mark.

In 2016, UK-based air quality and health expert Dr Mike Holland assessed the health impacts and associated economic costs of current emissions of just one type of pollutant from Eskom's coal-fired power stations (PM2.5).

CPCB chairperson S P Singh issued directions for construction agencies and said, "Failure to which will make the defaulting agencies and individuals liable to criminal prosecution which may be initiated by the CPCB under appropriate provision of the law".

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.

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