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'Hazardous' air pollution in India's capital prompts emergency measures
The ministers also launched an Asthma manual for schools to help schools build better management plans for emergencies and recognise symptoms among children, especially in cities like Delhi with at least four to five months of poor air quality every year.
Besides overpopulation and dust, one of the main reasons of increasing air pollution levels in Delhi is crop burning by the farmers in the neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. This is part of the Graded Response Action Plan, which came into effect on Oct 15, to tackle the deteriorating pollution levels in the city.
The EPCA has stopped all construction activities involving excavation and civil construction (excluding internal finishing/work where no construction material is used) till November 10.
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.
The authority has also directed the Transport Department and the traffic police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control travel congestion in the region from November 1 to November 10, PTI reported.
The teams will be jointly flagged off byUnion Minister forEnvironment, Forest &Climate Change and the Minister from Government of Delhi.This decision was taken in a meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Shri C.K. Mishra, Secretary, EF&CC to discuss the urgent steps for air pollution mitigation and regulating fire crackers in the light of the Hon'ble Supreme Court's Order. "Only then can we find a soln", the Delhi CM tweeted.
On the issue of burning of garbages in Delhi, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) told the court that they have taken steps.
Around 177 vehicles have been prosecuted for carrying uncovered building material and amount of Rs 3,54,000 has been imposed as penalty on such vehicles, he said.
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There was significant representation from non-state actors working in India, who made their own commitments "I bring you greetings from the most polluted city in the world", Arvind Kumar, head of the Centre for Chest Surgery and Lung Transplantation at Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, and founder of Lung Care Foundation, said.
Apart from that, a total of 1,89,290 vehicles were checked this year till October 31, of which 391 vehicles were impounded as they were "overage", Kumar said. On Saturday morning, most cities recorded slightly improved AQI levels.
According to Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutant PM 10 detected at 283 (poor category) and PM 2.5 detected at 214 (poor category) in Lodhi Road area. According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), air quality will remain in the adverse category for the next few days.
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