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Delhi air pollution highlights: Govt refiles plea before NGT on Odd-Even, seek relief for women and two-wheelers

Delhi air pollution: NGT raps Arvind Kejriwal-led government, says no review petition has yet been filed on the Odd-Even rule. Asks government if it was just a media stunt

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2017 7:02 pm
Delhi pollution, Delhi smog. Delhi air quality, Arvind Kejriwal, Odd-Even scheme, AAP, National Green Tribunal, Air pollution, Delhi air quality index, Delhi news Delhi continued to reel under smoggy conditions on Monday (File Photo)

Delhi continued to reel under smoggy conditions on Monday as a thick haze reduced visibility and air quality remained at “hazardous” levels. The concentration of particulate matter was recorded at over seven-times the norm even as primary schools were set to reopen. The situation has prompted some professionals in Delhi to consider leaving the “gas chamber” and the hashtag #QuitDelhiMovement has been trending on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the AAP government moved the National Green Tribunal on Monday with a review petition on the Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme. The Arvind Kejriwal-led government had scrapped its plan to implement the scheme from November 13-17 after the NGT on Saturday said there would be no exemption for women, two-wheelers and government servants.

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ANI reported that 69 trains were delayed, 22 rescheduled and 8 cancelled due to the smog. Moreover, light rains predicted are on November 14 and 15, which is likely to clear the smog and bring respite to the people gasping for breath.

 Delhi smog highlights of the day:

06.00 pm: Due to smog and other operational reasons, at least 10 trains scheduled for today have been cancelled and 4 others have been cancelled for tomorrow.

05.30 pm: According to data released by the CPCB, the average AQI for last 24 hours in Delhi is at 460, Ghaziabad at 497, Gurugram and Noida at 466 and all fall in the severe category, reports ANI.

 05.00 pm: Schools in Gurgaon will reopen tomorrow, but school authorities are directed to suspend all outdoor activities and sports events in light of continuing smog and high levels of pollution.

04.00pm: The Delhi government moved the NGT seeking amendment in its November 11 order on odd-even scheme, to which the green panel said it will hear the plea tomorrow.

03.30 pm: The apex court has also issued notice to the Centre, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi government on petition on stubble burning and dust pollution, reports ANI.

03.00 pm: The Supreme Court has observed that it was an emergency like situation and sought expeditious action, reports ANI.

 2.00 pm: Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai says the government will file a review petition before the National Green Tribunal seeking exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers from the Odd-Even vehicle rationing policy

1.12 pm: “I am planning to move a Right to Clean Air Bill in Lok Sabha in the winter session. This is a bill in which I will be putting together thoughts of all citizens and experts,” says Congress’s Deepender Hooda

12.02 pm: Six people injured in a multiple vehicle pileup, including a Haryana Roadways bus on NH-1 near Ambala due to dense fog

11.50 am: “We can only do this much, and now we will have to wait for rains to clean the atmosphere,” said Prashant Gargava, an official at the Central Pollution Control Board

10.58 am: “Is the government approaching us or was its minister’s statement for press only?” asks NGT bench

10.50 am: NGT raps Delhi government, says no review petition has yet been filed on the Odd-Even policy. Asks government if it was just a media stunt.

10.40 am: The humidity was recorded at 93 per cent at 8.30 am. The visibility dropped to 500 metres at 5.30 am and later to 400 metres at 8.30 am, PTI reports

10. 30 am: The minimum temperature dropped to 12.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average, says a MeT department official

9:47 am: Foggy conditions were also reported in states surrounding Delhi. People were seen lighting fire to keep themselves warm in Ludhiana as thick fog blanketed the city

8.55 am: Verisk Maplecroft, a risk consultancy firm, said India had the worst air quality out of a list of 198 countries it measures, and that New Delhi ranked among the world’s top 10 most polluted cities. “At the national level, India tops the index rankings (i.e. the country with the worst air quality), followed by Bangladesh and Thailand,” said Richard Hewston, Verisk Maplecroft’s global head of environment and climate change.

8.50 am: US-based carrier United Airlines resumed flights from Newark, New Jersey to New Delhi after it was halted due to poor air quality

8.19 am: Schools in Delhi reopen after being closed due to severe smog conditions. Students seen wearing masks, teachers say “collective efforts must be made and closing schools is not a solution”

Delhi pollution, Delhi smog. Delhi air quality, Arvind Kejriwal, Odd-Even scheme, AAP, National Green Tribunal, Air pollution, Delhi air quality index, Delhi news Delhi’s Connaught Place enveloped by smog on Monday. (Source: ANI)

7. 50 am: 69 trains delayed, 22 rescheduled and 8 cancelled due to smog

7.45 am: According to the latest figures, the AQI at Mandir Marg is 523, at Anand Vihar it is 510, Punjabi Bagh at 743 and Shadipur at 420. All fall in the “Hazardous” category of the Air Quality Index.

 

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    mohan
    Nov 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm
    The best quick fix for Delhi smog is to ban all flights for at least two months and suspend industries like Thermal power plants that leaves hot exhaust air on top of cold air. Flights should be diverted to other cities. The life of people below is much more important. Electricity can be bought from neighboring states. All air conditioners should be banned
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      mohan
      Nov 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm
      The smog in Delhi is due to Temperature Inversion. This means the air on top of the cold Delhi air is hotter. This acts as a cap on the upward movement of air from the layers below. As a result, convection produced by the heating of air from below is limited and convective clouds cannot grow high enough to produce showers. Normally when al ude increases, the air temperature has to be lower, enabling the hot air at the bottom to go up and cold air to come down. The Delhi pollution and garbage is not a quick phenomenon, but was built up over a period of time. Both Delhi govt and MCD are not bothered about the plight of safai karamcharis who carry out the most important work of clearing the garbage piles. The sanitation workers are living in a financially tight condition and have nowhere to go when somebody falls sick
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        Manish Narang
        Nov 14, 2017 at 6:46 am
        this Arvind lambada is blaming everyone on earth for each and every problem. who is he going to blame for Delhi pollution? his g father? or aunty? this lambada has to be kicked out of Delhi or that city will PERISH.
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          Rajesh Sehgal
          Nov 14, 2017 at 4:27 am
          Why exempt women from odd even? Is Kejriwal plan to start some new quota politics ??
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            Ravi
            Nov 13, 2017 at 9:47 pm
            ( Tune – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star )(Cars and Cars everywhere Yaar) (Where are the roads to drive them Yaar?)(Smog in the air ! I don’t care) (Look Yaar ! Look Yaar at my Car) (My B M W my beautiful Car)(Xuv was my earlier car)(Mercedes will be my next car) (My One O Three, Square feet Car) (Alone I go office my Yaar) (Company gives me Petrol , Yaar)(Then why should I miss that my Yaar !)(Don’t you know my Daddy has a Duster car) (Mummy use her Wagn R Yaar) ( My better half has a Hyundai G ! My Daughter drives her Tata Bolt )(My Son goes out with his ECO SPORT I feel proud with Fleet of my cars) (But Looking at Traffic Sitting in my Car Let me as one thing Yaar) (Why Smog Traffifc everwhere yaar ) (Where are the roads to drive them Yaar? (Sitting in Ahankar ! Let me fill smog in my lungs Yaar)
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