Published: Thu, November 14, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Delhi Smog Hits "Emergency" Levels On Prince Charles' Visit

Delhi Smog Hits

The odd-even rationing is meant to end on Friday, but Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said it could be extended.

The national capital's notorious air pollution hit "emergency" levels again on Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain's Prince Charles.

Meanwhile, schools in Teheran were ordered to close yesterday after the Iranian capital was cloaked in dangerously high levels of air pollution, the authorities said.

Noida, a city in neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh also recorded an AQI of above 500. Both are in the "severe" category.

The Air Quality Index reached 494 in the city this morning, just a few points shy of the 500 mark that denotes "very severe" or "emergency" levels.

However, they said, the situation is likely to improve on November 15 with an increase in wind speed due to a fresh western disturbance and a dip in farm fires.

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He added that the Taliban would offer reaction "only after we know for sure the (Taliban) prisoners have reached us". Anas Haqqani is the son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, an anti-Soviet leader of Haqqani network who died in 2018.

The city has been choked on and off for weeks, as industrial and traffic pollution - combined with smoke from crop stubble burning - cast a toxic pall over the Asian metropolis.

Meanwhile, while hearing another petition in which it was alleged that the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, now on in Delhi, was nothing more than a political stunt, the Supreme Court has asked the Delhi government and the Central Pollution Control Board to provide it with data on AQI for October 1 to 14 this year and for October 1 to December 31 last year. The government told the court that it is exploring technology, including those from Japan, to tackle air pollution.

Air pollution levels in the Indian capital of New Delhi today have peaked at a level 20 times the World Health Organisation's set safe limit.

The Odd-Even is a road rationing system in which vehicles with registration number ending with even digits - 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 - are allowed to run on even dates, and those ending with odd numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will ply on odd dates.

A pungent smog lingered over Delhi-NCR for around a week after Diwali as a result of emissions from firecrackers, stubble burning and unfavourable weather.

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