Delhi’s air quality improves further, comes down to ‘poor’ category

Delhi’s air quality improves further, comes down to ‘poor’ category

Due to deteriorating air quality in the national capital, authorities have declared emergency measures for 10 days starting today.

According to experts, vehicle pollution is another big reason for Delhi's air pollution.

"Uganda and many other African states have flagrantly reneged on their commitments under the Abuja Declaration of 2001 to commit at least 15% of their budget to health ( now it stands at 9.3%); The Paris Agreement on reduction of emissions; 2030 Development Agenda or Sustainable development goals". Its a collective problem and I urge everyone to please work together. "Only then can we find a soln (sic)".

Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar, said, "We have shifted the venue of morning assembly indoors and advised parents to send their wards wearing masks so whenever they are outdoors they have limited exposure to toxic air". The environment ministers of four states surrounding Delhi, however, skipped the meeting. "Seriousness is needed to deal with the issue of increasing pollution in the national capital", he said.

Scaling up WHO's own Air Pollution programme, globally, regionally and in countries, including through establishment of a Trust Fund with other partners on climate, environment and health, which could access climate and environment finance directly.

A polluted street in Delhi.

At the conclusion of the First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health this week in Geneva, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "Our dream is a world free of air pollution".

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The reduction in base emission is also suggestive of a more pronounced effect of control measures taken by authorities, the official said.

An aggressive 10-day-long "Clean Air Campaign" from November 1 to 10 has also been launched to monitor and report polluting activities as well as to ensure quick action. He emphasized the need for taking action which can lead to local containment of pollution and which is visible to the people.In addition to the above it was also directed that Government of Delhi shall immediately deploy 400 water sprinklers/ tankers as already committed.

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 city administration is contemplating banning private vehicles from plying on the roads to control the situation.

"We are also closely monitoring and recording PM2.5 (particulate matter) levels, with checks being conducted every few hours".

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.

As per the CPCB data, the PM10 level in Delhi stood at 368.

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