Delhi-NCR to observe `Clean Air Week`

Delhi-NCR to observe `Clean Air Week`

Delhi-NCR to observe `Clean Air Week`

It said that as per the latest report of the Union government, vehicles contribute some 40 per cent of the pollution in Delhi city.

Sachdeva added that, seven out of 10 are complaining of some sort of allergy, cough or respiratory problem, and even watery eyes due to the increasing air pollution.

This information was shared after the apex court expressed displeasure that orders passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Supreme Court in 2015, banning more than 10-year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles from plying in the National Capital Region (NCR), was not yet complied.

The PM2.5 level was recorded at 210.

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Environment Ministry on Thursday constituted 52 special action teams that will go to various places of Delhi-NCR and report the incidents of pollution to the concerned enforcing agency.

"That is why [our air pollution measures] have collaboration at their heart, working with businesses, farmers, industry and households, to develop innovative new solutions to reduce emissions", MP Thérèse Coffey stated.

The overall air quality index of Delhi was recorded at 392, which falls in the "very poor" category and is just eight points from turning severe.

The air quality in the Delhi-NCR region on Saturday is not too different from that of Friday, where the AQI dipped to remain in the "very poor" category, after authorities detected stubble burning in Uttar Pradesh for the first time this season after Punjab and Haryana. There are six AQI categories, namely Good, Satisfactory, Moderately polluted, Poor, Very Poor, and Severe. "These measures are being introduced keeping in mind the forecast and the need for emergency actions to combat pollution", said Bhure Lal, chairman of EPCA.

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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.

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.

In Geneva today, the United Kingdom government has further committed to take action in bringing down particulate matter in the country, the most harmful air pollutant, promising to halve the number of British people living with concentrations of particulate matter above the World Health Organization guideline of 10 μg/m3 by 2025.

In a response to Supreme Court's observation regarding the setting up of social media accounts, the Central Pollution Control Board today said, "a social media account on Facebook & Twitter has been created to allow citizens to complaints about pollution & so far it has received 18 complaints".

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