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Thick fog engulfs Delhi, air quality enters Hazardous category

07 November 2018

Some even said the pollution masks were turning out to be useless and the poor air quality has led them to visit hospitals in Delhi as they were experiencing symptoms of breathlessness, allergy and irritation.

The national capital on Monday recorded worst air quality of the season as the Air Quality Index stood at 618, which falls in the "Hazardous" category.

The CPCB has on Thursday 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. The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) recorded the AQI at 410. The DMRC, keeping in view the worsening of air quality across Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), has introduced as many as 21 additional number of Metro train services on its network.

Noting that private vehicles contribute to 40 per cent pollution in Delhi-NCR, the EPCA urged people to reduce use of private vehicles during this period and use public transport or other means. Each team would have a senior official from MoEFCC and representatives from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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The pollution monitoring agencies said that the extra load of pollutants coming from stubble burning from neighbouring states also registered a slight drop, leading to slight improvement - though still in the danger zone.

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"The situation is very unsafe in Delhi and it was same past year", Mary Kom said.

The Supreme Court has banned 15-year old petrol and 10-year old diesel vehicles from plying on the streets of the National Capital Region (NCR).

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On Monday, the index had turned "severe" in Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, and "very poor" in nearby Gurugram and Hapur.

Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain reviewed the action plan and action taken for air pollution control by municipal corporations (South DMC, North DMC & East DMC), PWD, Fire Department, Environment Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) in the city today.

The Delhi government launched an aggressive 10-day "Clean Air Campaign" from November 1 to monitor and report polluting activities and ordered halting of construction activities and regulating vehicular traffic.

Sachdeva added that, seven out of 10 are complaining of some sort of allergy, cough or respiratory problem, and even watery eyes due to the increasing air pollution. The air quality in Gurugram in Haryana was still in the "severe" category.

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Thick fog engulfs Delhi, air quality enters Hazardous category