Smog continues to haunt Delhiites, air quality remains 'severe'

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Delhi smog delays 64 trains; situation better in some areas

Delhiites woke up to a slightly better day today even as air pollution remained "severe". This measure has been taken up due to the rising levels of air pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas that has hit 70 times the World Health Organisation's safe limit.

But the smog spiked on Sunday bringing down visibility to less than 100 metres in the morning. As the day rose, the IMD recording 484 in Delhi, 498 in Ghaziabad, Noida 485 and Gurgaon 485.

D Saha, head of air quality laboratory at the CPCB said in a statement, "The air quality has started improving, and weather conditions will get much better by Saturday".

"United temporarily suspended Newark-Delhi flights due to poor air quality concerns in Delhi and now has waiver policies in place for customers who are travelling to, from or through Delhi", an airline said in a statement. The city's Air Quality Index has been in the range of 700 to 1,000, making it hard for people in the state to even breathe.

Footfalls at hospitals and clinics are on a rise with doctors suggesting patients with serious respiratory troubles to move out of the city. However, as the region is predicted to witness rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday, the situation is expected to improve", JB Sharma, regional officer, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), said.Besides the weather, the ban on construction activities in the city till November 14 will also help the air quality to improve, he added.Residents of as many as 15 high-rise societies in the city on Sunday chose to launch a campaign on November 14, to reach out to market areas and to spread awareness among the citizens regarding the grim situation."Incidents of waste burning are witnessed at Gold Course Extension, Sohna Road and other parts of the city.

An irked green panel also imposed a ban on the entry of diesel trucks more than 10 years old and said no vehicle from ouside or within Delhi will be permitted to transport any construction material.

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