It has also sought ban on import of pet coke and furnace oil, review of status of existing coal-based power plants and a time-bound switch over to natural gas.
Around 30,000 had taken part in the race in 2015 and the numbers have touched 35,000 this year, according to race organisers, Procam International.
The measures, part of the GRAP, were enforced on November 8 after pollution levels spiked, hitting the ’emergency’ category, accompanied by thick smog.
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The minister said major hot-spots in the national capital have already been identified for local control measures, including sprinkling of water, regulation of construction activities, among others
While smoggy conditions continue in the city, Delhi government has filed a review petition with NGT over the odd-even vehicle scheme. The government is also caught in a blame-game with the other state governments over steps to control the situation.
‘Experts were saying pollution will be over by Monday, but it did not happen. The pollution levels are fluctuating and we are continuously monitoring the situation,’ said Transport Minister Gopal Rai
Delhi air pollution: The matter was brought up by lawyer R K Kapoor, who said the rise in dust particles and stubble burning in Delhi’s neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab had led to the spike in pollution levels in NCR
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As NCR chokes on bad air, other cities in the Northern part of India are also hit hard by the high concentrations of PM 10 in the air.
The Minister stressed that for the first time, this year, a “focused” approach has been adopted to deal with an emergency-like situation through the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
The research, titled “Happiness in the air: How does a dirty sky affect mental health and subjective well-being?,” found that exposure to air pollution over time reduces hedonic happiness and increases the rate of depressive symptoms.
The Delhi government had announced that they will reinstate the odd-even scheme from November 13-17 in a bid to check the rising pollution levels in the city, which reached alarming levels in the past one week.
Delhi pollution: The NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar pulled up the Arvind Kejriwal-led government over the implementation of the Odd-Even formula and asked the latter if it was sure about the benefits of the vehicle rationing system and that citizens would face no inconvenience because of it.
Delhi pollution LIVE updates: IMD has predicted that high speed winds are likely to help in dispersing pollutants and reducing smog.