Delhi’s air quality near ‘severe’, three most polluted cities from NCR

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The authority has also urged people to use more public vehicles, claiming that around 40% of the air pollution is caused by vehicular emissions.

India's toxic air has been linked to over 2 million premature deaths, accounting for 25% of global deaths due to air pollution.

The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) data said, the PM10 level in Delhi stood at 333, while predicting that the AQI of Delhi-NCR would continue to fall under "very poor" category for the next three days.

The new Environment Act will give local governments more powers to take decisive action in areas with an air pollution problem and will put stricter standards in place for domestic fuels and stoves.

The top court is seized of matters in which several issues related to air pollution in the Delhi-NCR have been raised.

All construction activities involving excavation, civil construction (excluding internal finishing/work where no construction material is used) to remain closed in NCR districts from November 1 to 10, the letter stated.

Delhi's pollution level dipped slightly on Friday as stubble burning remained marginally low but authorities warned that the air quality would severely deteriorate from next week.

"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.

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According to the CPCB, four areas in Delhi recorded "severe" air quality while 29 areas recorded "very poor" air quality.

The first day of restriction in Delhi was imposed on Thursday after "severe-plus" air quality was measured with the AQI crossing the 500 mark.

The building department also fined owners of 39 sites who were not complying with its directives to check pollution. Pollution control measures at brick kilns.4. Delhi will have 44 teams and the cities in NCR region namely Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad shall have two teams each.

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. The GRAP is an emergency plan implemented in phases to combat pollution depending upon the air quality of the city.

On Wednesday, nearly all places in the NCR saw a drop in the the major pollutants PM2.5 and PM10 - particles in the air with diameters less than 2.5 mm and 10 mm respectively.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it has created social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens can lodge complaints about pollution in Delhi-NCR.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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