Ahead of Diwali, Delhi's Air Quality continues to alarm citizens

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Pollution,Ghaziabad city,air quality index

The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Thursday was 393 in Delhi, considered "very poor" or near "severe". "We are appealing to all citizens of the NCR to join in the battle against air pollution", an EPCA statement had said.

For this crisis to be tackled meaningfully, the Health Minister must be willing to be open to productive engagement with community stakeholders and to acknowledge the health impact evidence presented by the Life After Coal Campaign and many other experts and organisations. "Only then can we find a solution", tweeted Arvind Kejriwal.

CPCB is monitoring the air quality from 34 different locations, in Delhi.

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that concerned ministers are in touch.

According to the doctors, respiratory disorders are increasing, and there has been a steep increase in the number of patients facing respiratory issues because of air pollution. "The contribution of stubble burning to pollution in the National Capital is expected to be 24 percent on Monday", another official said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, and Delhi Minister Hussain blamed the Centre for the absence of Ministers from these states.

While China's smog tower uses ionisation technology to battle air pollution, India's air purifier will be employed HEPA filters instead.

The Supreme Court has banned 15-year old petrol and 10-year old diesel vehicles from plying on the streets of the National Capital Region (NCR).

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All municipal corporations (MCDs), Public Works Department (PWD) and Delhi Fire Service will sprinkle water from high-rise buildings after Diwali on Wednesday, a Delhi government statement said.

EPCA has also requested people in Delhi to avoid using private vehicles between November 1 and November 10.

Penalty of over Rs 83 lakh was imposed on violators of pollution norms on 4 November alone.

New Delhi and its satellite cities account for the bulk of air purifier sales but they are picking up in other cities such as Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Apart from that, a total of 1,89,290 vehicles were checked this year till October 31, of which 391 vehicles were impounded as they were "overage", Kumar said. However, by 9pm, the capital's AQI rose to "poor" category at 241.

The air quality index of Delhi at 2 pm on Monday was 407.

The PM2.5 level was recorded at 217. Fine particulates can be a matter of serious health concern than PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres). In the morning it was 231, which falls in the "poor" category, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data said.

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