Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Delhi bans entry of trucks to combat post-Diwali smog

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Kenny Thornton | 10 November, 2018, 17:08

As Delhi's government's transport department banned the entry of heavy vehicles in the city from 11 pm on Thursday to 11 pm on November 11, the Supreme Court-appointed environment pollution control authority said it was monitoring the situation and will take emergency measures if the pollution level increases.

The national capital saw its first smog episode on November 5. The air quality was, however, better than it was in 2016 and 2017, indicating that the pollution caused by firecrackers was lower this year, said scientists.

SAFAR scientists said Mumbai also experienced a higher amount of PM 2.5 the day after Diwali, with the air quality index, or AQI, rising to 305, which fell in the "very poor" range. The curb will come into affect from tonight (November 8).

Two days after Diwali, toxic smog is choking the Capital as air quality index recorded "severe" levels on Friday with the concentration of harmful particulate matter hovering between four to five times the safe levels.

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Local television news channels said Kejriwal had left the country on a private family trip to Dubai, triggering a backlash on social media and finger pointing on Twitter by the Delhi arm of India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Vehicles carrying essential goods are exempted", Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Delhi, said. "At present, it continues to be in "severe" but likely to improve further and will become "very poor" by afternoon and will improve further by Saturday", the Centre-run research institute said. The overall AQI of the city was 11 times the permissible limit.

The report on the widespread burning of firecrackers comes even as the Supreme Court has fixed a two-hour time period, from 8 pm to 10 pm, for bursting of crackers on Diwali and other festivals. On Friday, the AQI was recorded at 421, which falls in the "severe" category, according to the the Central Pollution Control Board. According to the SAFAR, the moisture in the air on Wednesday was normal, thus reducing the pollution load slightly.

Areas affected the most included Anand Vihar (AQI: 999), Lodhi Road (AQI: 500), Chanakyapuri (AQI 459) and the localities around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium (AQI: 999), all under "hazardous" category.

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