Things Car Owners Can Do To Combat Air Pollution

People take desperate measures to fight polluted air. File

Indication of this move were given by the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) when it's chair Bhure Lal told the media that "recent forecast has shown air quality is set to worsen in the next few days and if it crosses severe levels, we will have to take the emergency steps". The winter pollution in the northern cities continued as other areas near Delhi also witnessed decreased air quality during the morning hours.

On October 31, the apex court had issued an order clarifying that only green crackers can be sold in the Delhi-NCR region during the festive season. Rising Vehicular Emission a Major Contributor in Deteriorating Air Quality in NCR. "This is part of the Graded Action Response Plan".

"300 water sprinklers are being used across Delhi to tap down the particle pollutants", said Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain.

In 2016, the odd-even scheme was enforced twice - January 1-15 and April 15-30 in the city when vehicles having odd and even numbers were allowed to ply on alternate days.

Though the state and central government have been encouraging people to use public transport, however, a lack of adequate public transportation system within and outside of Delhi have failed to back this appeal. 14 trains will make 730 trips every day on this line.

From Thursday, there will be a halt of all construction activities involving excavation. She also said that almost 200 industrial units, which are using coal and biomass fuel, have been identified and will be shut down.

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Meanwhile the Uttar Pradesh government has asked the state's western districts, in and around the National Capital Region, to suspend all construction activities between November 1 and 10 and shut for a week industries using coal and biomass fuel to check pollution.

"Ensure that we do not burn garbage and we report all instances of garbage burning and other pollution carefully and responsibly on the CPCB Facebook/Twitter accounts", the EPCA said Wednesday.

Authorities said the AQI of Delhi would remain in the upper range of the "very poor" category till November 5, and thereafter, it could see severe deterioration due to unfavourable meteorological conditions.

The politics over pollution also intensified, as Ministers from neighbouring states quality skipped a crucial meeting called by Union Ministry, with the Delhi government claiming the latter to be "not serious". "The moisture intrusion over Delhi and surrounding regions due to the westerlies disturbances will increase with effect from November 4 to enhanced holding capacity of atmosphere resulting in increase in PM2.5 levels", the SAFAR website said.

On Thursday, the air quality of Ghaziabad was recorded at 377 - under the "very poor" category.

The building department has also fined owners of 39 sites for not complying with its directives to check pollution and a fine of Rs 8 lakh was imposed on them.

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