Beijing has promised to implement "extraordinary" measures this year in a bid to tackle choking smog from traffic congestion and the heavy use of coal.
"Prices in the spot market are still strong, as smog in northern China has halted production of steel mills. Meanwhile, the government has been stepping up environmental inspections," said Tang Zuochu, steel analyst at Baocheng Futures.
Sheelu Juneja, a homemaker and wife of a senior-level professional, working with an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the National Capital Region, recently finalised a ready-to-move-in, 1,400 sq ft apartment, in a group housing R
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of PayTM payment start-up, left last Sunday for a temporary stay in Mumbai, worried about the impact of hazardous clouds of dust, smoke and fumes that hang over Delhi during the winter months.
The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) today called for declaring a 'red alert' in the national capital and immediate implementation of the odd-even scheme to mitigate the toxic smog shrouding the city for the past few days.
Stressing that the severe pollution level in the NCR region is due to neglect of environment over a long period of time, he said everybody needs to do "their bit" to tackle the situation.
According to an Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) report, HR professionals have said they are facing a staff crunch of around 5-10% as people are calling in sick due to the smog.
The Centre needs to intervene to mitigate the alarming levels of smog, which have virtually turned Delhi into a "gas chamber", mainly due to farm fires in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said.
Pollution experts attribute the declining air quality to various reasons such as burning of agricultural waste, vehicular emissions, burning of crackers and factory emissions.
The national capital today remained shrouded in a cover of thick smog, laden with high level of pollutants which kept air quality in the 'severe' category, three days after Diwali festivities.
A thick blanket of smog engulfed the national capital a day after Diwali festivities, leading to poor visibility conditions across the city.
Local steel enterprises will have until September 1, 2017, to ensure their facilities comply with tough new standards for sulphur dioxide and other major sources of air pollution, the local environmental protection bureau said in a notice.
While heavy air pollution remained around 360 in PM2.5 particles in the US Embassy Air Quality Monitor in Beijing, meteorologists have issued warnings for the next bout of smog expected to cover the city from Saturday. The red alert is due to end on Thursday.
A report that increasing air pollution in China is cutting short the life span of people living in the north of the country is yet another piece of bad news from the world`s second largest economy, which is struggling with decade-slow growth.
Smog so dense you can hardly see and people walking around with face masks on: scenes often associated with polluted Beijing actually describe Singapore, where the air quality has reached "hazardous" levels this week following burning to clear land in neighboring Indonesia.