If the air quality persists in the “severe plus” category for more than 48 hours, emergency measures such as odd-even car rationing scheme, banning entry of trucks, construction activities and shutting down schools are taken under the Graded Response Action Plan, the official said.
The hazardous pollution levels forced a number of people to miss morning walks and other activities.
#AirPollution | Pollution control body declares public health emergency in Delhi-NCR, bans construction till Nov 5https://t.co/pnltx0YRbx#Pollution #DelhiAirQuality #BreathlessInDelhi pic.twitter.com/VtJgorLzdg— HT Delhi (@htdelhi) November 1, 2019
AQI is now 464; schools in Delhi should have been shut today. As this article points out, GRAP has to be reviewed. According to it, the reading has to remain severe-plus (>500) for 48 hours for schools to be shut. Just not on. pic.twitter.com/SJkXF0sxar— sukumar ranganathan (@HT_Ed) November 1, 2019
Instead of blaming just Diwali Crackers if measures have been taken to reduce other major causes of pollution in Delhi then this would have not happened.#DelhiAirQuality #DelhiPollution pic.twitter.com/gTSXNujqbr— Mohit Chauhan Ⓜ️ (@kishan1919) November 1, 2019
Delhi-NCR is in a state of environmental emergency.— The Wire (@thewire_in) November 1, 2019
And the irony is that such deterioration has essentially happened in the last two decades – despite a heightened level of judicial action to control air pollution. #DelhiAirQuality https://t.co/1V9KHWN6Rg
The EPCA on Friday said that pollution in Delhi had increased from “severe” to “severe plus” category and required emergency measures as it posed a helth risk https://t.co/aeGzo7DsSG #DelhiAirQuality— The Hindu – Delhi (@THNewDelhi) November 1, 2019