Supreme court has also asked the Delhi government and CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) to provide Air Quality Index (AQI) data from the date of introducing odd-even scheme till November 14 and to provide Air Quality Index (AQI) data from October 1 to December 31 of the past year.
According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality of the National Capital docked at 472 at 7:00 AM on Wednesday.
"The whole of North India is suffering and not much has been done by the government", Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S.A. Bobde said in a statement on behalf of the Supreme Court, which has a history of intervening over air pollution. He said continuous efforts of the people of Delhi brought the pollution down by 25 percent but neighbouring states, especially Haryana and Punjab, continue to burn crop residue disregarding strict directions from the Supreme Court, negating all the gains made so far.
The Delhi government is also deliberating on extending the odd-even scheme after the AQI spiked on November 11 and 12 when the scheme was not in effect.
Though a slight improvement in day time pollution concentration is expected today, but PM 2.5 levels will start to increase immediately after sunset, it added.Читайте также: Seahawks' Tyler Lockett hospitalized after leg injury
An AQI between 201 and 300 is "poor", 301-400 "very poor" and 401-500 "severe" while the AQI above 500 falls in the severe plus category. All government and private schools in NCR have been shut down for two days on Thursday and Friday.
According to media reports, the prevailing air quality conditions in and around the Indian capital may lead to serious health problems like respiratory diseases and even heart ailments.
As the air quality neared the emergency levels for the third time in less than a fortnight, Kejriwal said the road rationing scheme could be extended beyond November 15.
Kejriwal said smog in Delhi has hit its image worldwide.
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