"These measures are pre-emptive and go beyond what is stipulated in the Grap".
The sale of air purifiers had surged 40 percent from a year ago because of increasing public awareness about the effects of pollution on health, company and industry officials said. Noting that private vehicles contribute to 40 per cent pollution in Delhi-NCR, the EPCA urged people to reduce use of private vehicles and completely stop plying diesel vehicles during this period.
44 teams will be deployed for Delhi while NCR region will have eight teams.
"The coming days could see a sharp deterioration in air quality in Delhi-NCR", EPCA said. The government, thus far, has prohibited the sale for fireworks and placed restrictions on their usage.
The device can generate 1,300,000 cubic metres of clean air per hour, they said.
Scaling up WHO's own Air Pollution programme, globally, regionally and in countries, including through establishment of a Trust Fund with other partners on climate, environment and health, which could access climate and environment finance directly. It came into effect from October 15.
Though the state and central government have been encouraging people to use public transport, however, a lack of adequate public transportation system within and outside of Delhi have failed to back this appeal.
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This increased number of trains and trips also include the movement of the metro on the newly-opened Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake to Shiv Vihar section of line-7.
A total of 167 complaints of construction and demolition activities were received. All stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution have also been closed. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee, meanwhile, directed the transport department and the traffic police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control travel congestion in the region during November 1-10.
Green Latinos submitted a comment on the plan, highlighting the disproportionate burdens placed on communities of color: "One of two Latinos in the United States lives in a county that does not meet EPA's public health air quality standard".
On Wednesday, despite a slight improvement due to winds, the air quality was still "severe" in many places.
But a sharp spike in smog on Monday morning - which recorded a reading of 365 on the Air Quality Index (AQI) - has effectively put the city's air in the "hazardous" category.
Wazirpur was the worst-affected localities and the only station to record the AQI of over 394. "There is also a sign of decline in overall PM2.5 local emissions by 60 tonnes per day, which is around 14%", a SAFAR scientist said, adding that drop in temperature by November 6 is expected to bring the inversion layer down, which may increase pollution levels.