Pollution Live Updates: Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will hold a high-level meeting today to review the air pollution situation in the capital, officials said. An official said the minister will take stock of the situation with senior officials of the departments concerned and discuss the steps that can be taken in addition to the existing restrictions on construction and truck entry. The Supreme Court will also hear a PIL related to the high level of air pollution in Delhi-NCR today. The Delhi government had again banned construction and demolition activities on November 25 following a Supreme Court order in this regard.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Delhi recorded the most polluted air in November this year as compared to pollution watchdog data in previous years. The city experienced ‘severe’ pollution for 11 days, while it was nine days in 2020 and seven in 2019. According to the CPCB data, Delhi has not recorded a single day of moderate air quality in November this year.
“We saw a slow start to the stubble fire this season. Generally, by November, farm fires in Punjab and Haryana begin to subside. But this time, there was no more fire in October, but by the first week of November, it started increasing,” Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director of research and advocacy at the Center for Science and Environment, was quoted as saying. Hindustan Times as saying. He said that stubble fires account for only 2-6% of Delhi’s PM2.5 levels, which means that the severe pollution levels we are seeing now are the result of local pollution across Delhi-NCR.
Here are the updates on air pollution:
- According to CPCB real-time data, the current Air Quality Index (AQI) is 458, which falls in the ‘severe’ category.
- Physical classes will resume in schools, colleges and other educational institutions and government offices are set to reopen from today.
- The ban on entry of trucks except those engaged in essential services will continue till December 3.
- However, CNG and electric trucks are allowed to enter Delhi.