Delhi air quality: Severe pollution drives auto rationing

Delhi air quality: Severe pollution drives auto rationing

Delhi air quality: Severe pollution drives auto rationing

Following a hearing Monday, the Supreme Court of India released an order which found that the state government, the government of Delhi and civic bodies had "miserably failed" to perform their duty to the public.

Authorities restricted many private vehicles from taking to the roads of India's capital today amid a public health crisis that has left New Delhi residents gasping and their eyes burning from toxic air pollution.

Modi's meet comes after P.K. Mishra, the principal secretary to the PM, held meetings on air quality with officials of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on Sunday and Monday.

The World Health Organisation's recommended safe daily maximum is just 25.

According to SAFAR, satellite pictures had captured more than 3,000 incidents of stubble burning last week in neighbouring states, contributing to 44 per cent of Delhi's pollution. Knowing the current situation people want to stay indoors.

"Pollution has reached unbearable levels across north India", Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi's chief minister said in a message on Twitter.

Vehicles and industrial activities are major contributors to air pollution along with rampant construction. Every year there is hue and cry.

"This can't be done in a civilised society", the court said.

The pollutants themselves are called PM2.5, with exposure to the particles causing chronic disease such as asthma, heart attacks and bronchitis.

The terrain is another big factor that drives the trapping of pollution in the region, Apostolos Voulgarakis from Imperial College London's Department of Physics, explains.

"The effects [of a crisis] are sometimes not very immediately apparent".

Environmental groups were due to stage a protest on Tuesday at India Gate, the war memorial at the centre of the capital, to press for action. Greenpeace says more than 1.2 million Indians died prematurely in 2017 due to air pollution.

The Delhi government announced that all schools in the Capital would be closed till November 5.

The city government has declared a public health emergency, and imposed an "odd-even" system restricting private vehicles to driving on alternate days, at least until November 15. Fortunately, protests have broken out in New Delhi against the government's inaction.

"At the national and regional level, we need to address sources such as solid fuel use in households and power plants, whereas at the local level, we need to focus on sources such as transportation and waste burning", she said.

And in Delhi, air pollution is not getting better.

Business travellers are looking to reschedule their visits to a later date, Dhall said in an email, adding that tourists are preferring Himalayan hill stations and destinations in the state of Rajasthan, home to the Thar desert, over New Delhi, famous for the 12th-century Qutab Minar and the Red Fort, built in the 17th century.

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