Delhi Considers Restricting Plying of Private Vehicles to Fight Pollution

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The level of pollution in Delhi has escalated to hazardous point as a thick layer of smog could be seen enveloping most of the parts of the national capital on Monday morning.

The spike in the pollution level comes a day after the air quality had improved to moderate category due to meterological factors and the control measures implemented by the authorities in Delhi.

A total of 4,385 vehicles have been prosecuted for plying without valid Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC) during October, Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic), said.

Kids are particularly vulnerable to air pollution because they're short and air pollution concentrates closer to the ground, the report says. Other complaints included that of vehicular emission, traffic congestion, industrial emission, open or garbage burning, leaf burning, road dust, unpaved road, fire in landfill sites, air pollution from generators among others, it said. However, with sharp rise in major pollutants and Delhi's PM2.5 at 247 and PM10 at 448 microgrammes per cubic meters, the quality turned severe as it crossed the 400 mark.

All construction activities involving excavation, civil construction (excluding internal finishing/work where no construction material is used) to remain closed in NCR districts from November 1 to 10, the letter stated.

On Sunday, in short-lived relief to Delhiites, the pollution level had come down to the "poor" category after oscillating between "very poor" and "severe" for almost days.

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Since the inhabitants of Delhi are living in poor air quality conditions, so they are advised to wear masks and remain indoors as much as possible.

An aggressive ten-day-long "Clean Air Campaign" from November 1 to 10 has been launched by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan to monitor and report polluting activities as well as to ensure quick action.

The new Environment Act will give local governments more powers to take decisive action in areas with an air pollution problem and will put stricter standards in place for domestic fuels and stoves. Gurugram recorded AQI at 336, Faridabad at 359, Noida at 333, and Ghaziabad at 325.

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.

A Defra spokesperson said, 'While air quality in the United Kingdom has improved significantly since 2010, we understand the risk it continues to pose to human health, and realise more needs to be done.

It warned that due to a high level of moisture in Delhi's atmosphere and a decline in temperature and stubble burning, Delhi's air quality will be badly affected.