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Delhi pollution LIVE: As capital chokes, Kejriwal brings back Odd-Even scheme

Delhi is reeling under the onslaught of harmful smog which has become a regular affair around this time every year. We bring you the latest updates on the smog situation and how it is affecting the people, transport and the environment as a whole.

  • Nov 09, 03:58 PM (IST)

    Delhi government, led by Arvind Kejriwal, will re-implement odd-even scheme for five days beginning November 13. Transport Minister for NCT of Delhi Kailash Gahlot announced this development on Thursday. However, the minister did not announce if the government is implementing the scheme to test the waters or if it is a norm to be followed henceforth.

    The odd-even scheme allows privately-owned cars to run on the roads based on the last digit of their licence plates. Cars with an odd-numbered license plate are allowed to run on odd-numbered dates - such as 1,3,5, etc. Similarly, the even-numbered license plate during the remaining days. For more click here.

  • Nov 09, 12:59 PM (IST)

    In order to be safe, please stay indoors as much as possible. Avoid going on jogging or indulging in any physical activity which requires you to stay outdoors for a long period. Do consult a doctor if you have a problem in breathing. 

     In order to be safe, please stay indoors as much as possible. Avoid going on jogging or indulging in any physical activity which requires you to stay outdoors for a long period. Do consult a doctor if you have a problem in breathing. 
  • Nov 09, 05:07 PM (IST)

    No need to panic over air pollution in Delhi: Union Environment Minister

    Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today said there was no need to panic over the poor air quality in Delhi and hoped the situation would return to normal in the "next few days".

    Vardhan, who was here to participate in a function organised by the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography said, "From yesterday to today, things have become better (on the air pollution front in Delhi). All this actually got precipitated because of weather conditions."

  • Nov 09, 04:02 PM (IST)

    A study suggests that people in India's capital can live nine years longer if the country meets the WHO's air quality standards.

    The Air Quality-Life Index (AQLI) report by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) suggests that if India meets the national Air Quality Standards or WHO standards for PM2.5–particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in size, several cities would gain in terms of life expectancy. Read full report here. 

  • Nov 09, 03:25 PM (IST)

    UN calls for proactive approach to Delhi's pollution woes

    Tackling environmental pollution, such as the haze that has enveloped Delhi, calls for an "all-encompassing approach" over and above measures such as a ban on firecrackers and controlling the volume of vehicles on the roads, a top UN official said today. Air pollutant touched calamitous levels here yesterday, as a thick grey smog hung low across the region, prompting the government to declare schools closed till Sunday, halt construction activity and ban the entry of trucks in the city.

    "Environmental situations such as the current Delhi smog cannot be tackled just by addressing the issue of the number of cars or banning firecrackers. There has to be an all- encompassing approach," UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev said on the sidelines of an event in Delhi. — PTI report

  • Nov 09, 02:33 PM (IST)

    The image shows Aerosol Optical Thickness for the month of October over India generated by Aqua/MODIS satellite. The redder the colour, the more the concentration of aerosol in the air.

    Tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere are called aerosols. Examples of aerosols include windblown dust, sea salts, volcanic ash, smoke from fires, and pollution from factories. These particles are important to scientists because they can affect climate, weather, and people's health.

    People's health is affected when they breathe in smoke or pollution particles. Such aerosols in our lungs can cause asthma or cancer of other serious health problems. However, scientists do not fully understand all of the ways that aerosols affect Earth's environment. Source: NASA.

     The image shows Aerosol Optical Thickness for the month of October over India generated by Aqua/MODIS satellite. The redder the colour, the more the concentration of aerosol in the air. 

 Tiny solid and liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere are called aerosols. Examples of aerosols include windblown dust, sea salts, volcanic ash, smoke from fires, and pollution from factories. These particles are important to scientists because they can affect climate, weather, and people's health. 

 People's health is affected when they breathe in smoke or pollution particles. Such aerosols in our lungs can cause asthma or cancer of other serious health problems. However, scientists do not fully understand all of the ways that aerosols affect Earth's environment. Source:  NASA .
  • Nov 09, 02:20 PM (IST)

    Crop stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is being blamed for the thick grey smog which hangs in Delhi’s air. But, are they the real villain? Read here: NASA pictures show heavy stubble burning, but is it really the villain here?

  • Nov 09, 02:14 PM (IST)

    The NHRC today sent notices to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana in view of "life-threatening" pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR region.

    The National Human Rights Commission also criticised authorities for not taking proper steps to tackle the "hazard", amounting to the violation of the right to life and health.

    The rights panel sought reports within two weeks from different Union ministries and the three governments on "effective steps" being taken and proposed to tackle the situation.

  • Nov 09, 02:08 PM (IST)

  • Nov 09, 02:05 PM (IST)

    After Delhi High Court the National Green Tribunal today issued a slew of directions to deal with the situation, including banning construction and industrial activities and entry of trucks, while lambasting the Delhi government and civic bodies over the worsening air quality in Delhi and neighbouring states.

    "No construction activity will be carried out on structures until further orders... all industrial activities in Delhi-NCR which are causing emmissions will also not be allowed to carry on their functioning" till November 14, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

    An irked green panel also imposed a ban on the entry of diesel trucks more than ten years old and said that no vehicle from outside or within Delhi will be permitted to transport any construction material.

  • Nov 09, 01:42 PM (IST)

    Air purifiers manufacturers are witnessing a spike in sales in the Capital and adjoining areas as consumers resort to panic buying with air pollution in Delhi-NCR breaching critical limit, reported PTI.

    Companies like Xiaomi, Eureka Forbes, Blue Air, Panasonic India, Honeywell and Sharp said they have witnessed multi-fold jump in demand for air purifiers in the last couple of days. Air purifiers from different brands are available at a price range of Rs 9,000 to Rs 36,000 depending on power and features.

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  • Nov 09, 01:31 PM (IST)

    Delhi High Court issued a directive to Delhi government to curb the killer fog. Calling it an "emergency situation", a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the government to consider the option of "cloud seeding" to induce rainfall artificially, as an immediate step to bring down the dust and particulate matter in the atmosphere.

    It directed the Delhi government to seriously consider a ban on further construction in the city to the extent possible and implementing the 'odd-even' vehicle usage scheme as a short-term measure.

  • Nov 09, 01:11 PM (IST)

    At 1235 hours, PM2.5 concentration across Delhi (in micrograms per cubic metre): Anand Vihar- 621, Punjabi Bagh- 861, Mandir Marg (Central Delhi)- 668, Dwarka- 638, PGDAV College- 741, Mother Dairy, Patparganj- 831. Data is provided by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The recommended concentration of PM2.5 in the air is 60 micrograms per cubic metre. 

  • Nov 09, 12:51 PM (IST)

    Delhi's problem is not unique in the world. China's capital Beijing deals with smog every year. However, it has developed a concrete mechanism to ease the plight of its citizens. For more read: Two capitals, one story: How Delhi and Beijing cope with the menace of pollution

  • Nov 09, 12:45 PM (IST)

    Since Monday evening, Delhi is blanketed by a dense smog, a mixture of smoke and fog, which is creating health hazards and has resulted in multiple accidents on roads. Hospitals across Delhi-NCR reported an increase in patients with respiratory problems. Due to low visibility flights and trains are delayed by several hours. The Delhi government has ordered the city schools to shut its gate till Sunday. Heavy vehicles like trucks have been barred from entering the national capital. 

    On Thursday morning, almost all stations run by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed a very high concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 in the air. 

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