Delhi's air quality 'improves significantly' but still far from safe: Authorities

15 Novembre, 2018, 07:24 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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They said by relaxing the payment of toll-ECC, the trucks can move without any stop and this will reduce congestion and reduce pollution.

He also permitted construction activities only during the daytime from 6 AM to 6 PM due to poor dispersion of pollutants at night. However, CNG vehicles do have fuel stickers and all public transport vehicles are powered by CNG, which would be allowed to ply on the roads.

Meanwhile, the Central Pollution Control Board's task force recommended the entry of heavy vehicles into the city and carrying out construction activities between 6 am and 6 pm. It also said heavy vehicles stationed at the Delhi border will not be charged any toll tax till Tuesday.

Last month, Lal has proposed had proposed banning all private vehicles all private vehicles but this time he has only taken a firm stand on the all the noon-CNG vehicles. "The SDMC is directed to issue the necessary orders so that no ECC or toll is collected for this limited period", the letter said.

The AQI has been oscillating between severe and the upper range of very poor for the past one week even crossing 600 post-Diwali.

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The PM 2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) level on Monday was recorded at 263 while the PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres) was recorded at 457.

"Stubble fire is unlikely to impact Delhi's air quality index (AQI) as fire counts are significantly down and winds are also flowing from other direction", it said in a report.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor" and 401 and 500 "severe". The pollution level is likely to have increased due to unfavourable meteorological conditions like low wind speed, PTI reported.

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the contribution of stubble burning to the pollution in Delhi has been recorded the least on Wednesday for this month at 3 per cent.

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