Delhi Choke Alert! Turns Out, We Did Start the Fire

Delhi reels under apocalypse-like situation, courtesy heavy grey smog.

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  • High level of pollutants have kept the air quality in the ‘severe’ category, even three days after Diwali.
  • The National Green Tribunal has directed the Chief Secretary of Delhi to hold an urgent meeting on Thursday with all concerned authorities on the deteriorating air quality.
  • Heritage School (Gurgaon) and Shri Ram School (both Delhi and Gurgaon) have cancelled classes for Friday.
  • Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave has stated that an advisory to tackle air pollution will be issued soon for all the states.

As Delhi continues to remain under a thick blanket of smog even three days after Diwali, the city chokes on toxic air. While the level of air pollutants - PM 2.5 and PM 10 - continue to plague our lungs, paying heed to advisories being issued is a must.

2:45 PM , 03 Nov

‘Collective Efforts’

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Thursday stressed on “collective efforts” to make the hazardous air pollution situation better.

After discussions with the concerned ministers, Dave said that a “roadmap will also be put forth.”

“Will issue advisory to states on short, medium and long- term measures to tackle air pollution after consultations,” he said.

2:24 PM , 03 Nov

CP, Khan Market Will Soon Be No-Vehicle Zones

Delhi reels under apocalypse-like situation, courtesy heavy grey smog.
Connaught Place (Photo: AP)

Expressing concern over air pollution and traffic congestion in the city, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday asked the NDMC to convert Connaught Place and Khan Market into no-vehicle zones.

The move is a part of the Smart City initiative with new traffic management and last mile connectivity plans to be introduced soon.

Naidu also stressed on introducing non-motorised vehicles and provision of quality pedestrian pathways.

1:54 PM , 03 Nov

Save Your Lungs!

Over the Diwali weekend of 2016, India’s air quality was among the world’s worst and between 40% and 100% worse in five north Indian cities than at the same time the preceding year, according to global air pollution data and anIndiaSpend analysis of national data and#Breathe network of sensors.

On 30 and 31 October 2016, from 9 pm to the wee hours of the next morning, North India – especially parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar – recorded PM 2.5 levels of over 500 µg/m³ – exhibiting “beyond scale” pollution values, according to the database run by Berkeley Earth, an independent US research organisation.

1:45 PM , 03 Nov

Heritage and Shri Ram Schools Cancel Classes

All classes of Shri Ram Schools in Delhi and Gurgaon, except Class X and Class XII, have been cancelled for Friday and Monday in view of excessive air pollution.

The Heritage School, Gurgaon, followed suit and has decided to cancel classes on Friday.


Published: 03 Nov 2016, 1:23 PM IST
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