Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Dense smog chokes Delhi-NCR, air quality hazardous in several areas

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The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at hazardous level of 908 at Anand Vihar, 864 in Shahdra and 832 in Delhi Instiute of Tool Engineering. He has directed all officials to take strict action if required.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the "severe" levels affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing diseases.

According to reports of the South African National Department of Environmental Affairs, and confirmed by our own experience and analysis, air quality exceeds the South African ambient air quality standards (AAQS) on an ongoing basis; especially in the Highveld, Mpumalanga, Vaal, and Waterberg-Bojanala priority areas.

"As a city we have only two privately owned monitoring stations at the US Embassy, which measures PM 2.5 hourly data and at Makerere University School of Public Health, which is more of a research project".

In Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida it was already "severe" by 11 a.m.

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.

Delhi's air quality has severely deteriorated in the past two weeks and is now oscillating between "very poor" and "severe" categories.

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An aggressive 10 day-long "Clean Air Campaign" was also launched by Harsh Vardhan. Fine particulates can be a matter of more serious health concern than PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres). Even trucks carrying construction and demolition waste aren't allowed to move around the city uncovered.

"Ensure that we do not burn garbage and we report all instances of garbage burning and other pollution carefully and responsibly on the CPCB Facebook/Twitter accounts", the EPCA said Wednesday.

It said a total of 52 complaints were received through social media and e-mail while 316 complaints through the "Sameer app" that has been developed by the CPCB.

"I have sent my children to play outside after weeks".

The air quality is expected to worsen in the coming days due to the use of firecrackers, experts have warned.

The sale of air purifiers had surged 40% from a year ago because of increasing public awareness about the effects of pollution on health, company and industry officials said. Only Kanpur's air quality remained severe at 401.

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