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Delhi-NCR Air Pollution HIGHLIGHTS: Don’t blame our people for situation, says Kejriwal

Delhi NCR Air Pollution Level Today, Delhi Pollution Live News Updates: According to official data, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Friday was 582 at 12.30 am for Delhi-NCR. It had shot up to 504 at 3.30 am. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2019 10:25:45 pm
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Delhi NCR Air Pollution Level Today, Delhi Pollution Live News Updates: The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority Friday declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned construction activity till November 5 as the pollution levels in the region entered the “severe plus” category. Following this, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that all schools will remain shut till the same date in the wake of the rising pollution.

The blanket of haze over Delhi thickened on Friday morning with the national capital’s pollution levels increasing overnight. According to official data, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Friday was 582 at 12.30 am for Delhi-NCR. It had shot up to 504 at 3.30 am.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal distributed masks to school children as part of the government’s initiative to protect them from pollution and also explained children about stubble burning. He told students that smoke emanating from stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana was causing air pollution here and asked them to write letters to chief ministers of the two states urging them to control it.

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The pollution level in Delhi has entered the "severe plus" category; all schools across the national capital will remain shut till November 5. Get latest updates here.

21:06 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Construction ban: NCR builders fear momentum break, hope for permanent solution

Real estate players in the National Capital Region said that the ban on construction till November 5 will have an adverse effect on their pace of work, resulting in delay in handing over flats to buyers. According to PTI, builders in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad hoped that a "permanent solution" be found to the annual practice of banning construction in Delhi-NCR during this time of the year and other steps be taken round-the-year to prevent such alarming levels of pollution.

20:12 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Private offices not included in govt order

"This is the first experiment of staggered office timings. Private offices are not included but next time we will consider staggered timing for them also," Kejriwal said on the decision to change office timings.

19:36 (IST)01 Nov 2019
'Don't blame Delhi citizens for pollution': Kejriwal

Kejriwal also said it is wrong on the part of opposition parties to blame and curse the people of Delhi for high level of air pollution.

19:12 (IST)01 Nov 2019
No surge pricing by Ola, Uber during odd-even: Kejriwal

The Delhi chief minister said no surge pricing will not be done by app-based cabs during the odd-even scheme.

19:11 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Delhi govt staggers office timings in view of pollution rise

While addressing the media today, Kejriwal said the order for staggered office timings of the Delhi government has also been issued. The offices of various departments of the Delhi government will open at 9.30 am and 10.30 am, he said.

18:48 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Kejriwal distributes pollution masks to school children

Earlier today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal distributed pollution masks to school children, along with blaming stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana for the poor air quality. “Delhi has turned into a gas chamber due to smoke from crop burning in neighbouring states. It is very imp that we protect ourselves from this toxic air. Through pvt & govt schools, we have started distributing 50 lakh masks today. I urge all Delhiites to use them whenever needed,” he tweeted.

18:41 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Delhi pollution: Notification to implement odd-even scheme issued

The Delhi government today issued a notification to implement the odd-even road rationing scheme from November 4-15. Noting that the pollution situation has worsened in Delhi, Kejriwal said the Centre as well as the governments of Punjab and Haryana should give a timeline to stop stubble burning.

18:39 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Bad air quality: SDMC orders closure of 581 schools on Monday

The education department of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation also ordered closure of 581 schools under the civic body on Monday due to “prevailing poor air quality”. “Due to prevailing poor air quality (smog) in GNCTD, competent authority has ordered closure of all schools run/aided/recognised by SDMC on Monday, i.e. November 4,” read the order issued by the body on Friday.

18:37 (IST)01 Nov 2019
What does 'severe-plus emergency' mean?

An AQI above 500 is considered “severe-plus emergency” category. AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory”, 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor”, and 401-500 “severe”, a category in which Delhi’s air has been for the past three days. Exposure to polluted air for such sustained periods of time can lead to breathing difficulties, lung damage and other adverse health effects, especially among children and the elderly.

18:35 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Schools shut till November 5 as public health emergency declared in capital

Earlier in the day, a Supreme Court-mandated panel declared a public health emergency in Delhi as the Air Quality Index hit the 500-mark in several locations, and hovered close in many other areas. CM Kejriwal also announced schools in the capital would be shut till November 5. The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) also ordered a complete construction ban till November 5 in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida, along with a ban on the bursting of firecrackers during the winter season.

18:05 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Govt agency, L&T among 9 penalised for pollution in Gr Noida

Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Limited (DFCCIL) and engineering major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) are among nine entities penalized for causing pollution by construction works in Greater Noida, officials said today. A total penalty of Rs 5.25 lakh was slapped on the nine entities by the regional office of Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), amid a health emergency being declared in Delhi-NCR as pollution levels deteriorated to the "severe plus" category.

17:28 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Watch LIVE: CM Kejriwal addresses the media on Delhi pollution

CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses the media on Delhi pollution.

17:23 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Kejriwal says stubble burning responsible for high pollution level in Delhi

While referring to two images on his mobile phone, Kejriwal said, "This is how Delhi's sky looked on September 30 (picture 1) and this is how Delhi's sky looks now. So what has changed in the last one month except for stubble burning?" 

17:18 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Kejriwal discusses Delhi pollution with school children

"I went to a school today and when I asked, only 15-20% children said they burst crackers during Diwali. It is extremely unfortunate that on social media, some opposition leaders were inciting children to burst more crackers," Kejriwal told the conference.

17:15 (IST)01 Nov 2019
'Want answers from Haryana, Punjab CMs on Delhi pollution'

"Stop mocking Delhi over the pollution situation. We want answers from the chief ministers of Haryana and Punjab," Kejriwal said.

17:09 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Delhi pollution: CM Kejriwal addresses the media

While addressing the media today, CM Kejriwal expressed concerns over the level of pollution in the national capital. He said, "It is unfair to blame Delhi's public for pollution. Stubble burning (from neighbouring states) has caused pollution in the city."

17:06 (IST)01 Nov 2019
Pollution level in Delhi rises to 'severe plus' category

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority today declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned construction activity till November 5 as the pollution levels in the region entered the “severe plus” category. Following this, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that all schools will remain shut till the same date in the wake of the rising pollution. Follow our live blog for all the latest updates.

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In a letter to chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, EPCA Chairman Bhure Lal said, "The air quality in Delhi and NCR deteriorated further last night and is now at the severe plus level. We have to take this as a public heath emergency as it will have adverse health impacts on all, particularly our children."

Under these circumstances, he said, construction activities, hot mix plants and stone crushers in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida will remain closed till morning of November 5.

EPCA directed that all coal and other fuel-based industries, which have not shifted to natural gas or agro-residue, will remain shut in Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi, Greater Noida, Sonepat, Panipat till the morning of November 5. In Delhi, industries, which have not yet shifted to piped natural gas, will not operate during the period, it said.