"All this, combined with Delhi-NCR's own pollution sources, could lead to a spike in pollution in the coming 10 days", EPCA said. The teams will be jointly flagged off by Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan and the Minister from Government of Delhi.
As air pollution levels continue to worsen in India's national capital and its surrounding area, New Delhi has chose to observe "Clean Air Week" between 1 November to 5 November. Find us on Facebook too! The environment ministers of four states surrounding Delhi, however, skipped the meeting. "Seriousness is needed to deal with the issue of increasing pollution in the national capital", he said. This is why the velocity of the wind will increase in Delhi and the pollution in the air will reduce.
A polluted street in Delhi. Released on the eve of the WHO's first ever global conference as Air pollution and Health on Tuesday reveals that when pregnant women are exposed to polluted air, they are more likely to give birth prematurely, and have small, low birth weight children. Of the total vehicular pollution, 40 per cent to 45 percent comes from two-wheelers and another 30 to 35 percent from four-wheelers.
He underlined that the steps taken by states to control stubble burning "are far from satisfactory". An aggressive 10-day-long "Clean Air Campaign" from 1-10 November has also been launched to monitor and report polluting activities as well as to ensure quick action. Among the other stringent steps taken by the body to combat pollution, the EPCA has instructed all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution in Delhi and other NCR districts to shut down till November 10. A list of vehicles that are prohibited from plying will be published on the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) website.
Around 177 vehicles have been prosecuted for carrying uncovered building material and amount of Rs 3,54,000 has been imposed as penalty on such vehicles, he said.
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Of the 135, just 49 were moved by the government without legal intervention by advocates or lawyers representing the asylum seekers.
Now it's been nearly 10 days since light winds are prevailing over Delhi-NCR region and they are changing their direction also very frequently. A dozen national medical and public health organizations - including the American Lung Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and others representing physicians and nurses - submitted a joint comment urging the EPA to stick to the original Clean Power Plan.
The PM2.5 level was recorded at 210 with fine particulates can be a matter of more serious health concern than PM10 (particles in the air with less than 10 micrometres of diameter).
The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday was 393 in Delhi, considered "very poor" or near "severe".
The PM2.5 was recorded at 235.