Delhi Environment Minister Asks People To Celebrate Cracker-Free Diwali

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Other measures include halt on all construction activities involving excavation. The Central Pollution Control Board has also asked pollution control authorities in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab to check stubble burning, which is attributed to be a major cause for the increasing pollution levels in the city. Its a collective problem and I urge everyone to please work together. "Only then can we find a soln (sic)".

The WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health was organized in collaboration with UN Environment, World Meteorological Organization, Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Bank and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Blaming that as the main reason behind New Delhi's poisonous air, a spokesman for the city government, said: "We can't take steps in isolation in Delhi; we can't build a wall".

Two agencies-Delhi traffic police and transport department of the Delhi government-are responsible for enforcing the ban on 15-year old petrol and 10-year old diesel vehicles imposed by the National Green Tribunal.

However, government is not satisfied with the figure and working on to decrease it further.

The teams comprise the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) as the team leader, senior official from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and representatives from the CPCB, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

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Pollution is set to worsen until at least November 4, with high moisture trapping the pollutants and calm wind not allowing them to disperse, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

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

Meanwhile, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) informed the bench that it had created social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens could lodge complaints about pollution in Delhi-NCR.

The earlier forecast expected air quality to remain in the very poor category only on November 8, the day after Diwali.

The PM2.5 was recorded at 235.

The average volume of PM2.5 and PM10, or particles with a diameter less than 2.5 and 10 microns, across 35 regions in Delhi was 368 and 507 microgrammes per cubic meters, which was 14 times higher than the limit. At the time of writing this story, PM10 levels in several places in the city have breached the hazardous mark of 700.

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