Delhi pollution: Air quality plummets after improving marginally on Sunday, visibility affected

Environment ministry forms teams to report incidents of pollution

For air quality to be severe, the PM2.5 must be between 250 and 300 or PM10 must be between 430 and 500, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). "Although upper air winds where transport takes place are from stubble burning site but speed and magnitude is low and hence unlikely to impact Delhi air quality significantly", it added.

Delhi's air quality has severely deteriorated in the past two weeks and is now oscillating between "very poor" and "severe" categories.

As air pollution levels continue to worsen in India's national capital and its surrounding area, New Delhi has chose to observe "Clean Air Week" between 1 November to 5 November.

Meanwhile, the air quality in the national capital inched very close to the "severe" level on Thursday even as a slew of directions like halting of all construction activities involving excavation and civil construction, stopping the functioning of all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution, etc. came into force.

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The government has imposed a ban on construction activities, coal and biowaste-based industries, and brick kilns across NCR till November 10.

The programme has received the backing of more than 60 MPs, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband and former Conservative minister Maria Miller.

The launch of a Clean Air Strategy in May by environment secretary Michael Gove already indicated the reduction of air pollution has become a priority for the United Kingdom government. However, other factors like vehicular emission, absence of rain, high levels of humidity and stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana would continue to persist. It's a collective problem and I urge everyone to please work together. "Only then can we find a soln (sic)".

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that concerned ministers are in touch. "We will take them when needed".

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The air quality in Anand Vihar area in the national Capital recorded PM2.5 349 and PM10 level was said to be at 328.

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 Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). Poor air quality in north Indian cities has become an annual affair, exposing people to a range of health hazards.

India's ace boxer Mary Kom raised concerns over the deteriorating air quality in Delhi ahead of the AIBA Women's World Championships scheduled to be held in Delhi this month.

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