Cold and hazy in Delhi, air quality worsens

Dec 05, 2017, 01:10
Cold and hazy in Delhi, air quality worsens

Air quality in Delhi worsened on Monday and inched closer to the "severe" category with a sharp rise in the level of particulates through the day, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board.

Mr Sirsa had contended that the air quality standards in public places such as restaurants and bars were higher than the prescribed norms.

"Every newspaper has been carrying headline that the air pollution was going to be higher this week".

Above: Man wearing mask to save himself from pollution near India Gate in New Delhi (file picture). "You simply keep holding meeting after meeting, and not do anything else".

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, while launching the White Paper, said Delhi has the right to breathe clean air but neither the Centre nor the Delhi Government was "doing enough" to give the people that right.

The NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar and comprising of Justices Jawed Rahim, Raghuvendra S Rathore and Bikram Singh Sajwan told the counsel representing Delhi government to file the action plan before next date of hearing.

The governments in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan have already filed their action plans with the tribunal. "You can not subject people to this".

Last month, NGT had directed the Delhi government and four neighbouring states to to submit a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with the severe air pollution.

LOW TEMPERATURE and nearly no wind over the weekend resulted in very poor air quality and haze throughout the day on Sunday.

It referred to the India-Sri Lanka match, which stalled on Sunday due to air pollution, and said, "Look at people abandoning matches". Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas said his players had to come off the field after they felt like vomiting.

On Monday, while official indicators showed pollution levels rising to "hazardous" levels, there was no repeat of protests by the visitors. The air quality index for the city read 365 (out of a maximum of 500), indicating "very poor" air quality.

The tribunal also pulled up the Delhi government for not introducing odd-even auto rationing scheme at this point in time when the air quality was severe.