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Delhi continued to witness high pollution levels on Wednesday as thick smog covered the city. The Delhi government has told schools, up till class V, to shut down. It has also stopped all outdoor school activity in schools, after the Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked called for steps to keep children out of the "hazardous" air pollution levels. EPCA has put a banned civil construction and demolition activities in Delhi.

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Nov 8, 2017 8:29 pm (IST)

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08.11. 2017

Lt. Governor Delhi, Sh. Anil Baijal chairs a high level meeting with Chief Minister, Environment Minister and experts/officers to take emergent measures to tackle the sever Air Pollution situation in Delhi.

Stop entry of truck traffic into Delhi (except essential commodities) till further orders : LG 

DMRC/DTC to increase frequency of trips.

·         Stop all civil construction activities in city till further orders : LG

·         All agencies to enforce decisions of the meeting in  letter and spirit : LG

In view of severe air pollution situation in Delhi, Hon’ble Lt. Governor convened a high level meeting with all the stakeholder departments/agencies.

The meeting was attended by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Delhi, Sh. Arvind Kejriwal; Hon’ble Minister (Environment & Forest) Sh. Imran Hussain; Chief Secretary, Delhi;  Chairman (CPCB); Pr. Secretary (Home), GNCTD, Managing Director (DMRC); Pr. Secretary (Urban Development) GNCTD; Pr. Secretary (Health), GNCTD; Commissioner (Transport), GNCTD; Secretary (New Delhi Municipal Council); all three Municipal Commissioners; Joint Commissioner (Traffic), Delhi Police;  Secretary (Environment & Forest), GNCTD; Engineer Member, DDA;  Pr. Secretary (Education); Director (Education); CEO (DUSIB),   Smt. Sunita Narain, EPCA Member-cum-Director General, (Centre for Science and Environment).

After detailed deliberations and discussions on the current situation of air pollution in Delhi, directions were issued for compliance of the following :

1.           Stop entry of truck traffic into Delhi (except essential commodities) till further orders. Traffic Police, Transport Department, GNCTD, Municipal Corporations to implement.

2.           Stop civil construction activities in city. To be implemented by Municipal Corporations, DPCC and all construction agencies till further orders.

3.           DTC and Transport Department to intensify public transport services.

4.           DMRC to increase frequency of service of Delhi Metro.

5.            Municipal Corporations and PWD to intensify mechanical road sweepings and sprinkling of water.

6.           Municipal Corporations, DDA and DMRC to enhance parking fees by four times.

7.           Municipal Corporations to stop the use of fire wood and coal in hotels and eateries.

8.           Municipal Corporations, DPCC and Industries Department to enforce ban on use of pet coke and furnace oil.

9.           DPCC, SDMs, Municipal Corporations and Industries Department to strictly enforce ban on use of electricity generator sets with exceptions as defined by DPCC for essential services.

10.        Traffic Police to intensify traffic management in all hot spots and increase deployment of traffic police to avoid congestion.

11.         Municipal Corporations, DDA and SDMs to strictly enforce prohibition on open burning.

12.        Municipal Corporations, DPCC and PWD to impose fine/penalties on all road construction agencies/contractors, where there are inadequate DUST control measures.

13.        Appeal to be issued for parents by Education Department for avoiding outdoor activities by the children.

14.        Transport Department to start preparing for odd-even scheme.

Lt. Governor directed that all agencies should strictly enforce these decisions in letter and spirit.

Nov 8, 2017 8:02 pm (IST)
br /> In a high level meeting between Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, important ministers and experts/officers, several measures to tackle the severe air pollution situation in Delhi have been decided.

Nov 8, 2017 7:48 pm (IST)

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Nov 8, 2017 7:46 pm (IST)

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Nov 8, 2017 7:44 pm (IST)

Measures like deployment of additional personnel for speedy frisking and setting up a team to monitor major stations for smooth traffic movement were also suggested, the spokesperson added.

Nov 8, 2017 7:41 pm (IST)

The Centre has asked the Delhi Metro to increase the frequency of trains to encourage people to use the public transport in the wake heightened pollution levels, an official said. Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri asked DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh to deploy additional ticketing operators and customer facilitation agents to make metro travel easier for commuters, the ministry spokesperson said.

Nov 8, 2017 7:38 pm (IST)

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Nov 8, 2017 7:36 pm (IST)
br /> EPCA announces 'severe plus' or emergency conditions in Delhi as air quility remains severe, It has put a ban on civil construction and demolition activities.

Nov 8, 2017 9:30 am (IST)

People wait for metro train amid dense fog at Metro Station in New Delhi. (Photos: Network18)

Nov 8, 2017 9:28 am (IST)

Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan, speaking from the climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, asked the state governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to implement a ban on stubble burning and requested the governments to take effective steps for mitigating the levels of air pollution and bring them to acceptable levels.

Nov 8, 2017 9:25 am (IST)

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has blamed Delhi’s neighbouring states for the health hazard, as smoke from burning crop stubble in Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh blankets Delhi. Calling the city a 'gas chamber', Kejriwal said that every year at this time of the year the same situation was faced. On November 5, reports from Haryana said that stubble had been burnt at 640 locations reducing visibility to zero in the state. 

Nov 8, 2017 8:51 am (IST)
Nov 8, 2017 8:48 am (IST)

Delhiites complain of headaches, burning eyes, breathing discomfort, runny noses and a depressive mood. "I am wearing a mask as my throat is itching because of the smog," Raja, student at a school in Delhi told Ani. 

Nov 8, 2017 8:45 am (IST)

Overall, the air quality index of Delhi on Tuesday evening was 443 (Severe). Average levels of two deadliest components in air pollution—Particulate Matter (PM) 10 and PM 2.5—across Delhi NCR on Tuesday was 418 µg/m³ (over four times the safe limit) and 439 µg/m³ (over seven times the safe limit) respectively.

Nov 8, 2017 8:45 am (IST)

The last time air had turned ‘severe’ was on October 20, a day after Diwali festivities, when firecrackers were set off. Since then, the pollution monitors have been recording ‘very poor’ air quality, which is comparatively better than ‘severe’ but alarming according to global standards.

Nov 8, 2017 8:44 am (IST)
Nov 8, 2017 8:43 am (IST)

EPCA instructed Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches and frequent services. The body also instructed Delhi and neighbouring states -- Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana -- to strengthen the public transport system by introducing more buses. It ordered municipal bodies in the region to increase parking fees in Delhi-NCR by four times. Amongst the other measures, it directed a fine of Rs 50,000 on road construction agencies violating dust pollution norms in Delhi-NCR. The body asked the Delhi-NCR governments to start preparing for measures like odd-even and ban construction activities if pollution aggravates.

Nov 8, 2017 8:39 am (IST)

The CISF on Tuesday ordered issuance of over 9,000 face masks for its personnel deployed to guard the IGI Airport, the Delhi Metro and other government ministries and installations. "While 2,000 protective face masks are being issued immediately, 7,000 more will be sent to all the units in Delhi in the next few hours," he said.  

Nov 8, 2017 8:35 am (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Severe Smog Continues to Blanket Delhi, Primary Schools Closed Today

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked the Delhi government to shut down outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to keep children out of the

Nov 8, 2017 8:35 am (IST)

Doctors in the national capital have advised residents to avoid stepping out or indulging in outdoor activities during the early morning and evening hours in view of “severe” levels of air pollution in the city. AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, a renowened pulmonologist, termed the situation a “public health emergency” and stressed the need for initiating a movement to protect the environment.

Associate Professor of pulmonary medicine at AIIMS Dr Karan Madan said lungs of the elderly and children are less capable of handling such high levels of pollutants and thus they develop breathing difficulty. Professor and head of pulmonary medicine at Safdarjang Hospital Dr J C Suri said inhalation of air toxins causes infections and swelling of the airway. “The immediate effects are cough, throat infections and pneumonia, but one can also develop lung cancer,” the doctor said.

Nov 8, 2017 8:29 am (IST)

The government has issued a health advisory for high risk people, including children, the elderly and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments. “We appeal to the people of Delhi to avoid morning and evening walks,” Sisodia said.

Nov 8, 2017 8:26 am (IST)
Nov 8, 2017 8:26 am (IST)

Pollution levels reaching severe category are reminiscent of the public health emergency that Delhi faced in 2016. Keeping in mind the particularly high levels in the morning, the Delhi government told schools in the city, up till class V, to shut down on Wednesday. The government has also stopped all outdoor school activity, after the Indian Medical Association (IMA) asked the Delhi government to shut down outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to keep children out of the "hazardous" air pollution levels on Monday.

Nov 8, 2017 8:25 am (IST)

The national capital saw yet another hazardous morning as its air quality index (AQI) remained severe and smog continued to envelop the city. At 6 am, Delhi's AQI read 480, while Delhi-NCR’s was 445. Conditions are termed severe when the AQI levels are between 400 and 500. Data gathered by the pollution monitors painted a grim picture across the capital, with areas such as Siri Fort and RK Puram having an AQI of 482 and 486, while, Shadipur and Punjabi Bagh had AQIs of 491 and 492.

Nov 8, 2017 8:23 am (IST)

Delhi and the national capital region (NCR) woke up to ‘severe’ air quality today under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels breached the permissible standards by multiple times. The situation is not expected to change for the next two days. 

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