Delhi pollution highlights: NGT discourage road-side parking

Delhi pollution LIVE updates: People who went for a morning walk at India Gate were seen wearing masks and said it was tough to breathe and the situation needed to be fixed urgently

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 12, 2017 3:34 pm
The Barapulla flyover engulfed by a dense smog in New Delhi on Saturday. The photo was clicked at 5pm. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

There was no respite for Delhiites from poor air quality as smog continued to engulf the national capital on Sunday. People who went for a morning walk at India Gate were seen wearing masks and said it was tough to breathe and the situation needed to be fixed urgently.

The minimum temperature dropped to 13 degrees Celsius. High humidity level at 98 per cent contributed to the smog, a MeT department official said. Light rain is expected on November 14-15 which might intensify the fog but could clear the smog, the official said.

The national capital has been experiencing dense smog for the past a few days, forcing authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns due to worsening air pollution.

On Saturday, hours after the National Green Tribunal asked the government not to exempt two-wheelers and vehicles driven by women from the odd-even scheme, the Delhi government announced it would not implement the measure from Monday. The government had, on Thursday, said it would implement the scheme for five days between November 13 and 17.

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Concerns of poor air quality over Delhi have prompted foreign governments to put out travel advisories and led to at least one international airline, the US-based United Airline, temporarily suspending its flights citing “severe weather conditions”.

Delhi pollution LIVE updates:

1.45 pm: The NGT directed the Delhi government and the municipal corporations to ensure availability of appropriate parking facilities for cars and discourage road-side parking

1.30 pm: The National Green Tribunal directed the AAP government and traffic police to challan and seize 10-year-old diesel vehicles and 15-year-old petrol vehicles to curb air pollution in the city

10.38 am: At Delhi University, the PM10 level shot up to 614, while PM2.5 was 571. The area near the airport saw PM10 at 526 and PM2.5 at 494. At Pusa, PM10 levels touched 489 and PM2.5 was 469

10.33 am: The smog affected the schedule of many trains on Sunday. According to ANI, 34 trains were late, 21 rescheduled and 8 cancelled

10.00 am: According to Safar (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting & Research), PM 10 level in Lodhi Road area is 560 and PM 2.5 is 625. At Noida, PM 10 level stood at 551, while PM 2.5 level at 541. All fall into ‘severe’ category

8.00 am: Trucks and heavy vehicles barred entry into Delhi in view of high levels of air pollution

Delhi pollution, Delhi smog. Delhi air quality, Arvind Kejriwal, Odd-Even scheme, AAP, National Green Tribunal, Air pollution, Delhi air quality index, Delhi news The smog ensured that visibility was poor across Delhi. (Express Photo)

7.50 am: People at India Gate out for a morning walk say it is tough to breathe and the situation needs to be fixed; many seen wearing masks.

7.45 am: Dense smog continues to engulf the national capital.

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  1. Guptan Veemboor
    Nov 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm
    NGT is a toothless lion. It can roar but not bite. Like the MGM lion.
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    1. Chandrasekaran Venkataraman
      Nov 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm
      NGT should have, instead, first ordered for installation of old vehicle-crushing machines with proper incentives to private sector by the Government. Otherwise, the police/government will be saddled with old vehicles spilling over to the roads. Such provision will also provide proper disposal by individuals/ins utions, better price for old vehicles.
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        Arvind Bharti
        Nov 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm
        It's important for Politicians, Government and Business Houses to rise above the short term goals and find the solution for neighboring states to get rid of burning farm wastes. Selling an Air Purifier can help companies to meet their targets but same amount of money can be used to solve this problem permanently.
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        1. Apurv Kumar
          Nov 12, 2017 at 11:57 am
          Why only Delhi is focus in Media why not Muzzafarpur Patna Kanpur whose air is worst than Delhi.No one talk about these city .
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            FEW SINS OF KEJRI AND BJP
            Nov 12, 2017 at 10:43 am
            CLEVER BJP AND CLEVER DIRTY KEJRI , VERSUS, BLIND DELHI PPL AND BLIND COURTS JUDGES. KEJRI SECRETLY ALLOWS LAKHS OF SMALL FACTORIES ALLOVER DELHI. KEJRI DONT ALLOW NEW TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGIES AS IN ADVANCED NATIONS. BJP AND KEJRI IS IN TUNE WITH DIESEL AND POLLUTING LAKHS FACTORIES AND ITS MAFFIAA WORLD. DELHI PPL AND COURTS ARE TOLD FALSE LIES BY BJP AND KEJRI, THAT, FCROPS BURNING CAUSES, OR COWS BELCHING CAUSES, OR SMALL CARS CAUSING, THESE ALL ARE ALL LIES OF KEJRI. KEJRI WONT HELP POLLUTION FREE VEHICLES. KEJRI WONT HELP POLLUTION FREE LAKHS FACTORIES OF DELHI. FAKING KEJRI BLAMES PUBLIC USING HOUSE CARS, BLAMES FARAWAY CROPS (which dont give cancerous polluting exhaust, LIKE DIESEL EXHAUST CANCER SMOKE ). KEJRI IS A BIGG FAKE. BJP KNOWS IT BUT IS A STRONG SILENT SUPPORTER IN ALL THE ABOVE. ALL ARE LOOOTING DELHI FOR MONEY, FOR POWER. JUDGES WANT ENJOY AC HOMES CARS LIFELONG SALLARIES PENSIONS. NO REAL PERSON IN DELHI TO CARE ABOVE. ALL LOOOTER. DELHI PPL MOST STUPPID ON PLANET
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              Mathura
              Nov 12, 2017 at 1:02 pm
              When Central/ state governments fail to take responsibility like Modi /Khattar/ Yogi govt, and when other arms of governance like Ministry of Environment, after tweaking Pollution Control norms, making laws ineffective by making law enforcing agencies inapproachable/ difficult(Like Centre that mandated relocating the NGT jurisdiction for Goa-related cases from Pune to New Delhi) turn a blind eye, and when courts acts like Only a month back Bombay high court saved one such attempt. The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court struck down a notification by the Centre that mandated relocating the NGT’s jurisdiction for Goa-related cases from Pune to New Delhi. In August, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had issued a notification citing “lack of flight connectivity with Pune” and “absence of an office set-up in the Maharashtra town” as reasons for it to be relocated,. stupid and reactionary Bhakts react/ blame every one except those who on flimsy reasons like n/a of flight tweak
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