Water Sprinkling From High-Rise Buildings Ordered In Delhi After Diwali

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Environment ministry forms teams to report incidents of pollution

At the conclusion of the First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health this week in Geneva, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "Our dream is a world free of air pollution".

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said no leniency would be shown to those violating pollution control norms. Delhi's government has also implemented the necessary arrangements to execute "Odd-Even" formula if air pollution crisis persists.

Nine per cent of the PM2.5 pollution in the national capital is caused due to stubble burning, as per SAFAR.

For now, the situation does not seem to improve and there is no chance of Delhi air quality to get better in the next few days, he said adding that efforts were on to curb the problem.

CPCB Chairperson SP Singh Parihar has also issued directions to construction agencies, municipal corporations and land owning industries to comply with the directions of the NGT and the CPCB and ensure corrective actions within 48 hours in cases of air polluting activities as reported by the CPCB inspection teams. The overall Air Quality Index was recorded at 209 at 12 pm on Sunday, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.

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

The sale of air purifiers had surged 40 percent from past year because of increasing public awareness about the effects of pollution on health, company and industry officials said.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has directed the transport department and the traffic police to intensify their drive against polluting vehicles until November 10.

"Construction material lying on the sites should be sprinkled with water and should also remain covered", he said. The meeting took place in the national capital on November 1.

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.

"We have been pitching the idea of city-level air cleaning to central as well as the state governments hoping to make a headway soon", said Madhur Mehta, co-founder of the firm.

The air quality is expected to worsen in the coming days due to the use of firecrackers, experts have warned.

The PM2.5 level was recorded at 217.

Levels of PM2.5 shot up almost five times in 24 hours - a phenomenon that officials said was not recorded in the three years since hourly monitoring began for the region.

The System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) had earlier predicted that they were a decline in the air quality in the national capital on Monday.

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