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Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: No need to extend odd-even scheme, says Delhi CM

Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that there is no need to extend the odd-even road rationing scheme as the air quality in the national capital has “improved substantially”. Residents of Delhi woke up to clear skies Monday, with the air quality improving to 184 (moderate category) in some […]

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2019 9:04:46 am
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Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that there is no need to extend the odd-even road rationing scheme as the air quality in the national capital has “improved substantially”. Residents of Delhi woke up to clear skies Monday, with the air quality improving to 184 (moderate category) in some areas.

Meanwhile, the Union Environment Ministry today will hold a high-level meeting over the alarming pollution levels in Delhi and nearby areas with top officials of the states in the region. The meeting will be attended by chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier said that with agencies predicting a dip in pollution levels in the capital, there may not be a need to extend the odd-even scheme, in force from November 4-15.

Meanwhile, reeling under intense cold weather after snowfall earlier this month, Kashmir received some respite Sunday after mercury across Jammu and Kashmir rose on Sunday. The minimum temperature at most places in Himachal Pradesh decreased by a few notches in the last 24 hours due to rains at isolated places

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    12:34 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    No need to extend odd-even: Kejriwal

    The odd-even scheme in the national capital will not be extended, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Monday. He added that the air quality in the city had "improved substantially" so there is no need to extend the road rationing scheme. Read more

    12:01 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Marginal improvement, but air quality in Delhi remains 'poor'

    The air quality in Delhi improved marginally on Monday but remained in the "poor" category for the second consecutive day. At 9 am on Monday, the air quality index (AQI) in the national capital stood at 207 against an AQI of 254 at the same time on Sunday. However, there was a respite on late Sunday evening as the AQI dropped to 198, which falls under the "moderate" category. Gurgaon on Monday recorded an AQI of 138 (moderate), while Ghaziabad 231, Noida 212 and Greater Noida 204. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered "poor", 301-400 "very poor" and 401-500 "severe". Experts said strong winds due to western disturbance has helped dispersed pollutants in Delhi-NCR and other parts of north India. (PTI)

    11:05 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Delhi odd-even: 4,885 challans issued in 2019

    10:43 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Air quality in Delhi had raised concerns in Kathmandu: Nepal judge

    Addressing a session on environmental laws at the Global Law Conference held in Chandigarh University, Justice Anand Mohan, a judge in the Supreme Court of Nepal, said the rising pollution levels in New Delhi had led to concerns about whether “the polluted toxic air will flow to Nepal and particularly Kathmandu”. He further said, “The threat was diffused when the department of meteorology stated that the mountains should prevent it, but others of different opinion said, it actually depends on the direction that the winds take and their intensity.” Read more

    10:29 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Express Explained | How brick kilns contribute to rising pollution

    On Friday, the National Green Tribunal had passed an order in Utkarsha Panwar versus Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) that 7,000 brick kilns, including those with new zig-zag technology, in the NCR must be closed till the end of February 2020, or till the level of pollution comes down. The CPCB was asked to submit a scientific report about the impact of kilns by December 15. How do brick kilns play a role in increasing pollution? Anju Agnihotri Chaba explains.

    10:19 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Here's how the Delhi Metro fared during the Odd-Even scheme

    10:02 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    IMD warns of heavy rainfall in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry

    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday warned of heavy rainfall over isolated areas in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Karaikal. According to the IMD warning, the heavy rainfall might continue till Thursday.

    09:52 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Strong wind, sunlight improves air quality in Delhi

    Strong winds coupled with a clear sky and ample sunlight improved Delhi's air quality on Sunday from 'very poor' a day earlier. IMD officials said winds as strong as 36 km/hr were recorded in the city Sunday, which dispersed pollutants. The 24-hour AQI of Delhi Sunday was 215 (poor). Gurgaon had the lowest AQI of 136 (moderate), Ghaziabad recorded 218 and Noida 203. Read more

    09:41 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    With Odd-Even scheme ending, here's how the AQI dipped in Delhi

    Comparing 12 days before the odd-even scheme and during the odd-even scheme, Delhi saw a higher dip in the air quality index (AQI)than NCR regions.

    09:33 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Odd-even scheme road test: Did the initiative help bring down air pollution

    The third edition of the Delhi government’s odd-even scheme ended on Friday — the same day the Supreme Court sought to know how effective it really is. Mallica Joshi looks at data from Delhi and NCR cities to understand whether the initiative managed to help bring down air pollution. Read more

    09:27 (IST)18 Nov 2019
    Air Quality in Delhi improving; to remain 'moderate', 'poor' in next 2 days

    The air quality in Delhi-NCR is expected to remain between "moderate" to "poor" categories for the next two days, thanks to strong boundary-layer and surface winds.

    The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said strong boundary-layer and surface winds worked behind flushing out the pollutants that had accumulated in the air in Delhi.

    An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered "poor", 301-400 "very poor" and 401-500 severe". On Saturday, Delhi's AQI was recorded at 357, which falls in the "very poor" category.

    Mahesh Talawat, vice president of Sky Met weather, said strong winds due to western disturbance has helped dispersed pollutants in Delhi-NCR and other parts of north India.

    "The air quality is expected to remain in 'moderate' to 'poor' category in the next two days," he said.

     

     

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