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Delhi NCR Air Pollution: NGT summons Delhi, central govt officials

Delhi Air Quality, Pollution Level Today, Odd-Even Traffic Rule: As the pollution continued to reach critical levels, the AAP government has rolled out the road rationing scheme for the third time since 2016.

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New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2019 9:56:08 pm
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Delhi Air Quality, Pollution Level Today, Odd-Even Traffic Rule: The Supreme Court Monday put a halt on all construction and development activity in Delhi NCR and announced a fine of Rs 1 lakh for violation.

The top court has also directed the Centre and Delhi government to work in tandem to deal with garbage issue — which is contributing to air pollution in the city — on a war footing, and ordered water sprinkling on roads to contain dust.

Delhi has been choking every year and we have not been able to do anything…This can’t be done in a civilised society..Goverments only passing the buck…Why should there be crop burning?” the apex court asked, emphasising that situation in Delhi is so bad that “no one is safe even inside homes.”

In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared a car with his fellow mates to reach his work at the onset of the odd-even scheme. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia rode a bicycle to his work from his residence. Protesting the scheme, BJP MP Vijay Goel drove to ITO and was issued a challan for violating the rules. Under odd-even, private vehicles with number plates ending with odd and even numbers will be allowed on roads on alternate days. Those ending with 0,2,4,6,8 are allowed to ply on the capital’s roads today.

Air quality in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) remained in the “severe” category” for the seventh consecutive day on Monday even as odd-even traffic scheme came into effect in the morning. The Air Quality Index registered an alarming 708 at 8 am, according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

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Odd-even in Delhi as pollution reaches critical levels in capital.

21:21 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Delhi-NCR gets some relief from haze, further improvement expected with rains

Pollution levels in the national capital dipped on Monday, moving from "severe" to "very poor" category, with an increase in wind speed which reduced the noxious haze that obscured Delhi's skies for around a week.

A day after pollution levels peaked to a three-year high (494), the city's air quality index at 4 pm on Monday read 407. It dipped further and at 8.30 pm the AQI stood at 370, which falls in the "very poor" category.

The relief came as the number of vehicles on Delhi roads came down significantly with the AAP government rolling out its car rationing scheme.
"Though there is a significant, visible change in pollution levels, the national capital's air quality index remained in the "severe" category till 4 pm. This is because the AQI reading at any given time is an average of AQIs recorded in the previous 24 hours," CPCB's former air lab chief Dipankar Saha said. (PTI)

20:46 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Take strict action against those found burning stubble: Haryana chief secy

The Haryana government on Monday directed officials to take strict action against those found burning crop residue, as a blanket of haze enveloped the state and the air quality index in many districts remaining in the 'severe' and 'very poor' category. At a meeting here with the deputy commissioners and all-district officers, Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora said officers, with the help of mobile teams, should immediately reach the area where stubble burning is reported and strict action should be taken against those indulging in the practice.

During the meeting held through video conference, Arora directed the officers to carry out intensive campaign to prevent the problem.

19:02 (IST)04 Nov 2019
NGT summons Delhi, central govt officials Tuesday on pollution

The National Green Tribunal Monday took cognisance of deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR and asked officials from the Delhi government, Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Ministry of Environment and Forests to appear before it tomorrow. The bench of NGT chairperson Justice A K Goel, after an in-chamber proceeding, summoned Delhi chief secretary, DPCC chairman, member secretary of CPCB and concerned secretary of MoEF for 10.30 am tomorrow.

17:58 (IST)04 Nov 2019
No sympathy for farmers indulging in stubble burning: SC

The Supreme Court Monday said it has no sympathy for farmers who are indulging in stubble burning as they are putting lives of others at risk.

17:56 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Ensure no power cut in Delhi NCR: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Monday directed authorities to ensure there is no power cut in Delhi-NCR and that generators are not used except in emergency essential services. 

17:18 (IST)04 Nov 2019
People of Delhi owned up Odd-Even scheme, high level of compliance: Manish Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia: People of Delhi have owned up the Odd-Even scheme. There has been a high level of compliance till now. The first day has been highly successful. Total 192 challans have been issued today till now.

16:22 (IST)04 Nov 2019
SC puts halt on construction, garbage burning in Delhi NCR

The Supreme Court Monday put a halt on all construction and development activity in Delhi NCR.  And levied fine of Rs 1 lakh for violation. The top court also halt garbage burning and ordered fine of Rs 5000 for flouting this. The court has directed the Centre and Delhi government to work in tandem to deal with garbage issue — which is contributing to the pollution — on a war footing, and has ordered water sprinkling on roads to contain dust.

16:07 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Everyone, from Chief Secy to Gram Pradhan will be liable if there is further stubble burning, SC warns

Hitting out at the state governments over their inaction in dealing with Delhi's pollution crisis, the Supreme Court warned that "everyone, from Chief Secretary to Gram Pradhan will be held liable if there is any further incident of stubble burning."

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16:05 (IST)04 Nov 2019
SC directs state govts, gram panchayats to ensure no further stubble burning

The Supreme Court has directed state governments and its agencies upto the level of gram panchayats to ensure that there is no further stubble burning. 

16:00 (IST)04 Nov 2019
SC summons chief secy of Punjab, Haryana, UP to appear on Nov 6

The Supreme Court summoned the Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to appear in court on November 6. People are losing precious years of their lives due to pollution, the court said Monday and slammed authorities for their failure to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR.

A bench of justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta asked the Centre to call environmental experts, including from IIT, to the court

15:37 (IST)04 Nov 2019
SC questions Odd-Even scheme to tackle pollution in Delhi

The Supreme Court Monday questioned the logic behind Delhi government's Odd-Even scheme to curb pollution in the national capital. The court said banning one vehicle and allowing another won’t alter the situation radically . "What is needed is better public transport," the court said. 

15:28 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Worse than Emergency: SC on Delhi pollution

Justice Arun Mishra: “This (situation in Delhi) is worse than emergency. That emergency was better than this emergency”.

15:24 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Delhi pollution: What to keep in mind when picking an air purifier for your home

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14:54 (IST)04 Nov 2019
As pollution reaches critical stage in Delhi, Health minister Vardhan advises: Eat carrots

As the national capital continues to grapple with severe levels of air pollution, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter to impart some advice on how to counter pollution-related problems. Vardhan, who is a doctor by profession, suggested eating carrots and food items with high level of antioxidants to combat pollution-related health issues.

In a tweet on Monday, Vardhan said oxidative stress triggered by various pollutants has serious negative effects on human health. "One positive action is to include food items with high level of antioxidants that can neutralise this. Of course, the solution lies in exposure prevention and control," he said.

On Sunday, he had tweeted, "Eating carrots helps the body get Vitamin A, potassium and antioxidants which protect against night blindness common in India. Carrots also help against other pollution-related harm to health."

14:45 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Delhi pollution: Supreme Court slams authorities, says they have left people to die

The Supreme Court Monday slammed authorities for failing to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR and said they have left people to die. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta took serious note of crop burning in Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh and said it cannot go unabated every year.

"Can we survive in this atmosphere? This is not the way we can survive," the bench said. "People are being advised not to come to Delhi due to pollution, state governments are responsible for this," the court said.

14:39 (IST)04 Nov 2019
No one is safe even inside homes: SC on Delhi pollution

Hitting out at state governments over the deteriorating air quality in Delhi, the Supreme Court Monday said, "No one is safe even inside homes; it is atrocious." 

14:21 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Supreme Court on Delhi pollution: Governments only passing the buck... Why should there be crop burning?

The Supreme Court hit out at state governments and said that they were responsible for pollution in Delhi. It said, "Delhi has been choking every year and we have not been able to do anything... This can't be done in a civil society. Governments only passing the buck... Why should there be crop burning?"  

13:05 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Aam Aadmi Party takes a jibe at BJP over stubble burning

Aam Aadmi Party takes a jibe at BJP over stubble burning

12:50 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Vijay Goel violates odd-even rule, drives to ITO

BJP MP Vijay Goel on Monday violated Delhi’s odd-even scheme by driving to ITO in his odd-numbered vehicle. “My violation of odd-even scheme of the Kejriwal government will be symbolic because it’s an election stunt and drama in view of assembly election,” Goel said. “With exemptions to 70 lakh two-wheelers, cab aggregators Ola and Uber, three-wheelers and women drivers, the odd-even scheme has been rendered a mere gimmick and an election stunt,” he added. Read more

12:28 (IST)04 Nov 2019
Have to work towards eliminating pollution, says Priyanka Gandhi

"We must make an effort and unite against pollution. Clean air is our right and our responsibility too," Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.

On Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to people to follow the rules: “We are implementing it from tomorrow from 8 am-8 pm. I request you all to follow the rules… I, and Delhi Cabinet ministers, will also follow them.” However, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Goel said he will take out his car tomorrow to protest the “odd-even drama”.

Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot briefed civil defence volunteers, who will be deployed across the city for the scheme.

“Delhi Police has identified 200 traffic points… Challans will be issued on the spot,” a police statement said.

The health ministry also issued advisory urging residents to reschedule outdoor activities and use certified N95 masks.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), on the other hand, held a review meeting on air pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas.

A statement released by the PMO said that the Cabinet Secretary will be monitoring the situation with these three states on a daily basis. Chief Secretaries of the states have also been asked to monitor the situation in various districts round the clock.

Schools in the NCR region, including Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Ghaziabad, were ordered shut till November 5 by local administrations in line with a Delhi directive.

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First published on: 04-11-2019 at 08:32:36 am
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