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Delhi smog live updates: Air quality likely to get worse today

Publish on November 09, 2017     Source: The Economics Time


Delhi's pollution status today:

Despite clampdown, stubble burning in Haryana continues adding to Delhi's worsening pollution levels.

The smog delayed 41 trains in Delhi , rescheduled 9 and 10 were cancelled.

The Capital's average daily air quality index (AQI) is at a season high of 478. To mitigate the effect, the Delhi L-G has banned the entry of trucks inside city limits and halted all construction activities.

The Delhi government issued a health advisory urging Delhiites to use carpooling and public transport, stay indoors, and not to smoke.

Air pollution levels in the national capital continued to be ‘severe’ as dense smog engulfed the city and neighbouring areas, causing delays in flight and train services, even as the health ministry issued an advisory asking people to stay indoors.

Delhi and Punjab governments announced complete closure of schools till Sunday following weather forecasts that situation is unlikely to improve soon with very dense fog expected to cover many places in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan in the morning hours till November 10. People rushed to buy masks to save themselves from the toxic smog as level of particulate matter 2.5 over Delhi touched 517 microgram per cubic metre, which is more than ten times the safe level.

The air quality was equally bad in bigger National Capital Region, and it’s forecast to worsen on Thursday. “The situation can become worse and conditions deteriorate as we are in accumulation phase of dust particle due to no winds in the region,” said D Saha, head air quality, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). “Things may improve by Saturday,” he said.

Meanwhile, smog and second day of closure of one of the runways at Delhi airport continued to impact operations at Delhi airport, which saw flights operating with delays of up to 2 hours impacting the plans of many fliers. Over 250 flights were delayed at Delhi airport, causing spillover delays across the country

PREPARE FOR ODD-EVEN

A decision on whether or not to implement the odd-even car-rationing scheme may be taken tomorrow. The metro and Delhi Transport Corporation announced decisions to augment services by pressing more trains and buses into service, in a bid to reduce dependence on private vehicles.

Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday banned entry of trucks into the capital until further instructions.

Trucks carrying essential commodities like food items have been exempted. He has also instructed civic bodies and the Delhi Metro to hike parking fees, as directed by the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) to dissuade use of personal cars. The three civic bodies are yet to implement parking fee hike, but Delhi Metro has decided to increase train capacity by carrying out 186 additional trips from Thursday.

NO RESPITE TILL WEEKEND

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), which tracks air quality of different cities in India, strong winds blowing at 15 to 20 km per hour at a height from ground have been bringing external pollutants from Punjab and Haryana into Delhi. With high humidity of 90% and low wind speed, pollutants are getting trapped. SAFAR has forecast increase in the concentration of fine particles of pollutants on Thursday.

Madhavan Rajeevan, secretary, ministry of earth sciences, tweeted: “Delhi smog is not localised as seen in satellite image. Stable atmospheric and wind conditions favour severe pollution. Stable conditions are likely to continue next 2-3 days, which can trap smog close to surface. Weather only a modulator, source however man made. Take care.”

CHECK STUBBLE BURNING

Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan called on the neighbouring states to check stubble burning. "I call for cost effective measures since management of air pollution requires sustained actions over a long period of time to be effective. I'd also like to request the state governments of Punjab, Haryana and UP to implement the ban related to stubble burning," he tweeted.



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