NCR: SC bans 15-year old petrol, 10-year old diesel vehicles

People take desperate measures to fight polluted air. File

People take desperate measures to fight polluted air. File

Despite two of these areas having been declared high priority areas more than a decade ago - with the sole goal of reducing air pollution to fall within acceptable standards - air pollution remains high and at deadly exposure levels for human health.

The national capital may face a 10-day partial shutdown, as the Air Quality Index (AQI) is likely to worsen from November 1-10.

Across the National Capital Region, the average PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations were 241 and 431 units, respectively.

The Air Quality Index for India has reported that New Delhi is experiencing the worst rates of air pollution this year.

The state pollution control bodies of Delhi have directed to initiate criminal prosecution against violators.

Meanwhile, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) informed the bench that it had created social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens could lodge complaints about pollution in Delhi-NCR. "That is why [our air pollution measures] have collaboration at their heart, working with businesses, farmers, industry and households, to develop innovative new solutions to reduce emissions", MP Thérèse Coffey stated.

The Supreme Court appointed EPCA said that it is considering imposing more restrictions including a ban on truck entry in Delhi, if the air quality falls further.

Dust particles, smoke particles as well as smoke from stubble burning in neighboring states have been increasing pollution.

Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh saw a slight improvement with an AQI of 377.

However, Vardhan said the issue of air pollution "should not be politicised" and everyone should cooperate fully to protect the environment, while stressing the need for an "aggressive" plan to combat air pollution in Delhi.

An official said there is special focus on the regions recording "severe" air quality and teams deployed to monitor violations are conducting inspections at various such sites to check incidents of garbage or industrial waste burning.

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.

From Thursday, there will be a halt of all construction activities involving excavation. We might have to stop the functioning of private cars if air pollution increases in the city.

Also, the enforcement data provided in response to an RTI query by activist Deepak Juneja showed that despite the Delhi government deregistering 40 lakh old vehicles to curb air pollution, only 3,196 vehicles have been impounded, which is less than 1 percent of the total. The air quality is particularly poor in the early morning.

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