Will Re-Introduce Odd-Even If Need Arises: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi engulfing streets outside the Rashtrapati Bhawan

Delhi engulfing streets outside the Rashtrapati Bhawan

Urging the public to join hands with the government in reducing the formation of toxic air, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal said "If the need arises, we will soon implement the odd-even scheme in the capital".

The overall PM2.5 level (fine particulate matter in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre) was recorded at 271 and the PM10 level at 422 here, the CPCB said. This according to the grading system, falls in the "severe" category, one below the "hazardous".

Delhi's air quality remained in the "severe" category for the fourth consecutive day Tuesday as meteorological conditions continued to be unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants.

It added that AQI will go back to poor by tonight for three days. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), air quality index (AQI) showed a "severe" level of 450.

On Sunday, Delhiites breathed the cleanest air in three weeks, according to CPCB data.

The air quality levels have worsened in the national capital region for the fourth consecutive day and the alarming situation could prompt the return of the odd-even auto scheme.

The Delhi Government themselves are making sure, every procedure to curb the rising air pollution is implemented.

"The air quality will further improve a few notches by tomorrow as good wind speed will continue to disperse pollutants faster than that of accumulation due to colder condition and fog".

Winter storm heading east, could snarl travel
Snow totals should be three inches or less in Mankato with lower amounts to the south and east, according to the Weather Service. Strong winds and blowing snow will also limit visibility, both in the mountains and across the eastern plains.

The CPCB has called a meeting of transport department to discuss the deteriorating air quality in the national capital.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee said the ban comes into force from Monday itself and it is sending letters to industries and construction authorities to immediately halt the activities.

Several parts of Delhi faced severe air quality such as in Anand Vihar where the PM 2.5 and PM 10 was 424 and 360 respectively and Siri Fort where it was 436 and 424 respectively.

Owing to poor visibility due to heavy fog in the morning, several flights and trains departing from Delhi were delayed or cancelled. "This is a temporary phase, largely because of meteorological conditions over Delhi and the surrounding areas".

The Environment Pollution Control and Prevention Authority (EPCA) has directed traffic police to deploy special teams and ensure congestion-free vehicular movement, particularly in identified high traffic corridors. He again warned that legal action was being initiated against people violating the regulations.

Delhi's air quality improved slightly on Wednesday, climbing from "severe" category to "very poor" category after the Capital was forced to celebrate Christmas choking on Tuesday.

But satellite images by NASA on Monday showed a large number of farm fires in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Sirsa and other areas of Punjab and Haryana.

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