A thick toxic haze or 'smog' continued to hang heavy over the national capital as the air quality remained in the 'severe' category on November 8. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) shared the data, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Anand Vihar was recorded at 452, while it was at 433, 460, 382, and 413 at RK Puram, Punjabi Bagh, Sri Aurobindo Marg and Shadipur, all in 'severe' category
Concerned about the rising pollution in Delhi, Mumbai and Haryana, the Supreme Court on November 7, said that its directives against the use of banned chemicals in firecrackers applied to all states and not just Delhi and its neighboring areas. The top court's clarification came during a hearing on an application seeking to direct Rajasthan to implement the court's order banning certian firecrackers and reducing air and noise pollution.
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The Supreme Court in its order has directed that the state governments of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to ensure that crop burning is stopped, for which a meeting will be convened tomorrow. It also added that the local Station House Officer (SHO) will be responsible for it under the overall supervision of the Chief Secretary. The decisiion after the Delhi AQI worsened.
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The odd-even scheme is back in Delhi to fight the growing air pollution and deteriorating air quality in the capital. The odd-even rule will be applicable from November 13-20 in Delhi. The announcement was made by Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai. "In view of air pollution, the Odd-Even vehicle system will be applicable for one week from November 13th to November 20th," said Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai.
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Severe Air Quality of National Capital Region (NCR)-Delhi triggered a ban on construction works, and closure of schools. According to sources, the concerned authority expressed health concern, as the Air Quality Index (AQI) fell to very poor category, on November 2. Alarmed by the situation, Centre's pollution control panel ordered an immediate ban on non-essential construction work, stone crushing and mining, along with four-wheelers odd-… read-more
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Haryana government on Monday claimed that a remarkable reduction in stubble burning incidents had been seen in the state during the ongoing paddy harvest season this year so far, compared to the previous year. Sources confirmed 714 cases of stubble burning harvested this season, whereas during the same period in 2022, there were 893 cases of stubble burning. In 2021, the number was significantly higher at 1508 cases.
The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) adding to the festive mood of the people, relaxed the decibel of bursting of green firecrackers during Diwali, Chatt Puja and Christmas. Only green firecrackers are allowed during the festivities, with 123 decibel limit from earlier 93 limit. WBPCB's new guidelines: "In the state of West Bengal, only green firecrackers can be sold and bursting of such firecrackers shall be… read-more
The air quality showed slight signs of improvement in Mumbai which has been witnessing higher Air Quality Index (AQI) this week slipping from “good” to “moderate” category. However, the AQI still remained higher than that in Delhi while the people in the national capital woke up to a smoggy morning. As per official data, the Air Quality Index in Mumbai was recorded at 166 against the AQI of 199.c
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Ahead of the winters, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced winter action plan to curb pollution in the national capital. In winters, due to crops burning in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the air quality gets disturbed, increasing pollution in Delhi. To curb the pollution, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi Government comes up with initiatives. Kejriwal announced Pusa biodecomposer to be sprayed on 5,000 hectares of farmland.
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The ICG station at Vizhinjam also arranged a human chain to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the biologically diverse marine environment. The initiative sought to highlight the growing concern about ocean pollution and promote ICG's 'Swachh Sagara Surakshit Sagara' (Clean Seas, Safe Seas) campaign. ICG officers and staff, local authorities and volunteers from the Uday Samudra Group and the Fire Brigade all took part in the… read-more