Ghaziabad air still very poor, measures to tackle pollution stepped up

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Noting that private vehicles contribute to 40 per cent pollution in Delhi-NCR, the EPCA urged people to reduce use of private vehicles and completely stop plying diesel vehicles during this period. Rising Vehicular Emission a Major Contributor in Deteriorating Air Quality in NCR. So, as vehicle owners, you can do your part to combat air pollution.

Measures that have been rolled out between November 1 and November 10 include the shutdown of the Mundka industrial area, a ban on construction and excavation (digging) activities, shutting down of industries that run on coal and biomass, and a ban on stone crushers, brick kilns and hot mix plants.

On Thursday, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida recorded an AQI of 416, which falls in the "severe" category, while air quality was "very poor" in Ghaziabad and Greater Noida. "The counsel for Delhi government has been asked to advise his client to act with promptitude", the bench said.

The Air Quality Index stood which stood at 393 in Delhi on Thursday has increased to 481 on Friday moving from Very poor to "Hazardous" category.

The national capital's air quality was on the brink of turning severe on Thursday, November 1, due to stubble-burning in the adjoining regions and unfavourable meteorological conditions, authorities said.

Though the overall air quality remained "very poor" in 29 monitoring stations in the city, few areas - Wazirpur, Dwarka Sector 8, Mudka and Sonia Vihar - recorded hazardous air quality. If the AAP continues to be in slumber, then sadly all of us in Delhi will have to wear a #Mask4Life.

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The state's Pollution Control Body has been directed to initiate criminal prosecution against violators while the Delhi government said, "It is fully prepared to implement odd-even scheme when needed". In the meeting, it was emphasized that all necessary steps should be taken to ensure that air quality levels are not allowed to go into the severe category in the next one week.Teams for Clean Air Week compriseof the local SDM as the team leader, senior official from MoEFCC and representatives from CPCB, MCD and DPCC.

For air quality to be severe, the PM2.5 must be between 250 and 300 or PM10 must be between 430 and 500, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The UK government has submitted a voluntary commitment to step up its efforts to tackle air pollution across the country at the final High Level Action Day of the conference today. "The moisture intrusion over Delhi and surrounding regions due to the westerlies disturbances will increase with effect from November 4 to enhanced holding capacity of atmosphere resulting in increase in PM2.5 levels", the SAFAR website said.

On October 31, the apex court had issued an order clarifying that only green crackers can be sold in the Delhi-NCR region during the festive season.

The building department also fined owners of 39 sites who were not complying with its directives to check pollution.

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