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Delhi smog: Events as they unfolded on November 06

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 21:20
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Cases of severe breathlessness, asthma and allergy have sharply risen in Delhi as the city remains blanketed in thick layer of toxic air due to the worst smog in 17 years.

Doctors and experts say that besides spike in fresh cases, health complications have aggravated in people having a history of asthma, allergy or other related ailments.

On the other hand, sale of air masks has seen an upsurge in the past week with stores across the national capital and neighbouring regions running out of stock.

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21:20 PM

 The dense cover of grey haze shrouding Delhi for almost a week, reminiscent of the 1952 Great Smog in London, on Sunday plunged the city's air quality to the season's worst, with even the 24-hour-average threatening to go past the maximum limit.

The real-time readings of respirable pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 breached the safe standards by over 17 times at many places. The hourly AQI (air quality index) of monitoring stations run by CPCB and SAFAR remained 500 plus, which is beyond the maximum limit.

Experts said while the level of sulphur dioxide (SO2) is still in control in the city, in terms of other parameters like volume of particulates, the situation was nearly as bad as the infamous London episode that had resulted in around 4,000 premature deaths, as per PTI.

21:19 PM

"This emergency situation demands emergency action. These measures will now require stringent enforcement. However, vehicle restraint measures including odd and even, and parking restraints must be included immediately for effective impact," says CSE's executive director Anumita Roychowdhury.

21:19 PM

Lauding the Delhi government's announcement of taking emergency steps to tackle the severe air pollution, a green body on Sunday said these will need strict enforcement and vehicle restraint measures, including odd-even scheme, for effective impact.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said for enduring impact, the government must also step up inter-state coordination to control fires in neighbouring states and take action to strengthen short and medium term measures for all pollution sources.

The severe pollution peaks that have persisted for about a week, pose serious health risk for children, the ailing and the people in general, it said.

21:18 PM

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta on Sunday demanded that the AAP government immediately form a panel of experts to redress the air pollution problems in a time-bound manner.

"The Chief Minister of Delhi should immediately form a committee with national and international experts to make Delhi pollution free in a time-bound manner," he said in a statement, as per PTI.

15:59 PM

Public schools won't be closed for three days over, says Delhi State Public Schools' Management Association.

14:06 PM
13:45 PM

No DG sets to be used in Delhi for next 10 days except hospitals and emergency places. Badarpur power plant to be shut down for 10 days, says Kejriwal.

13:44 PM

Vacuum cleaning of roads will start from November 10, jet sprinkling of roads from tomorrow, government to bring odd even soon. says Delhi CM.

13:44 PM

Transportation of fly ash will be stopped for 10 days, says Kejriwal.

13:41 PM

Will discuss with Centre possibility of engineering artificial rain, says Delhi CM. 

First Published: Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 21:20
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