Delhi pollution tracker | From odd-even to fines, struggle to curb smog continues

Smog turns Delhi into ‘gas chamber’ primary schools to remain closed today

The pollution level in Punjabi Bagh and R.K. Puram were at the maximum with Air Quality Index reaching up to 799 and 652 respectively, which is comparatively less than in the past three days.

"The decision taken today in the LG's meeting for taking preventive measures in severe environment conditions, would be followed in letter and spirit in the interest of the residents and the city", North Delhi Municipal Commissioner Madhup Vyas said in a statement.

Vehicles driven by women (only), including children of age up to 12 years travelling with them - will be exempted.

The Delhi Transport Corporation was hiring 500 more buses through private contractors and the Delhi Metro would add 100 small buses for last mile connectivity, he said.

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"Already in touch with states in NCR region, asked them to implement graded action plan".

"No construction activity will be carried out on structures until further orders. all industrial activities in Delhi-NCR which are causing emissions will also not be allowed to carry on their functioning" till November 14, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said. "There should be regular cleaning of the roads after sprinkling, so that the particulate matter doesn't rise again". "Unless the governments there don't find economically viable alternatives, this won't stop", said the Chief Minister after inaugurating air quality monitoring stations in Delhi. "If everyone, central govt, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana government, come together and put aside politics a solution can be found", he added. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry Secretary was asked to provide details of the preparedness of government hospitals to treat patents affected by high pollution levels.

Alarmed by the critical levels of air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi government on Thursday has chose to implement the odd-even policy. Teams of the Delhi Police, Transport Department and sub-divisional magistrates will be deployed to ensure strict implementation of the car-rationing scheme.

Some buses to Noida, Ghaziabad and Agra have also been cancelled for the time being.

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