Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

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Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

While twenty-nine monitoring stations located in different parts of the city recorded very poor air quality, four stations recorded severe air quality, PTI reported.

'We need urgent action from the Government to clean up our air so that my sons, and thousands of children like them, don't continue to suffer'.

Air pollution spiked overnight in the entire region to "very poor" category, with Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi being 392 at 9 a.m.

Defending claims that stubble burning is the sole reason for Delhi's air pollution and not the city's traffic conditions or industries, CM Arvind Kejriwal reportedly blamed the Centre for not giving adequate machinery to the farmers in Punjab and Haryana. Scientists say an advisory of poor air quality should be taken seriously by people with a history of heart or lung disease, and the elderly and children, and these groups should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

Ban on construction and excavation (digging) activities.

From premature births and underweight babies to a flare-up in arthritis to increased risk of stroke, Delhi tops national charts in bad air quality.

"The real cause of the air quality crisis in Delhi is dust, vehicular pollution, thermal power plants, open waste burning and other infrastructure and industrial activities which the Arvind Kejriwal government has completely failed to tackle", he said.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has also directed the Transport Department and the traffic police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control travel congestion in the region during November 1-10.

The Trump administration is one step closer to dismantling a major federal energy policy aimed at improving air quality and lowering carbon emissions - just on the heels of a World Health Organization report highlighting the impact of air pollution on children's health.

"This is mainly due to weather conditions as stubble contribution is marginal now".

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. Civil construction has also been suspended, while stone crushing units and hot mix plants have been shut.

Around 43 teams have been formed by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation for night patrolling to check incidents of burning of garbage.

It had permitted the court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) to take pre-emptive steps under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) without strict adherence to pollution stages delineated in the plan.

According to NDTV, Union Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan called for a crucial meeting of the five environment ministers of five northern Indian states.

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