Delhi Air Pollution live Updates: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar and discussed issues of crop burning and pollution. Earlier, seven trains were cancelled, 26 were arriving late and nine were rescheduled. Meanwhile, Air quality in the National Capital Region improved marginally. It has been learnt that the air quality has improved from “severe plus” to “severe”. Earlier, the AAP convener had sought time from Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. The National Green Tribunal turned down a Delhi government plea for exemptions from the odd-even traffic scheme. A study released yesterday had confirmed fears about adverse health consequences due to toxic air breathed in by Delhi residents for the past seven days and said that air pollution had caused six per cent of the total disease burden in the country in 2016, according to reports.
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7: 20 PM: As per a PTI report, Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot in a letter to L-G wrote that ‘the decision to hike parking charges is not fulfilling the desired objective. Even the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi government to immediately reconsider the decision’.
4:47 PM: AAP MLA throws the ball in the Centre’s court, check out his lstatement in the AAP’s latest twwet.
“दिल्ली में जहां पानी छिड़काव का मसला है तो उसके लिए भी हमारे पास पैसा है,
केंद्र सरकार से हम इजाजत चाहते हैं जिससे हम दूसरे राज्यों से या अन्य देशी-विदेशी संस्थानों से बात कर सके, यह सब केंद्र सरकार की इजाजत पर निर्भर है”- @Saurabh_MLAgk pic.twitter.com/Q1j8uCFEzN
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) November 15, 2017
4:10 PM: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar says that the total number of crop residue burning incidents in Haryana has reduced significantly in 2017-18 compared to the previous year.
Total number of crop residue burning incidents in Haryana has reduced significantly in 2017-18 compared to the previous year. pic.twitter.com/tfzC97CF1I
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) November 15, 2017
3:50 PM: Dharmendra Pradhan, Petroleum Minister said, “Government has decided to prepone introduction of BS-VI grade fuel in Delhi w.e.f. 1st April 2018 in place of 1st April 2020 as sincere effort to curb vehicular pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas.”
3:32 PM: As per the joint statement released by the Delhi CM and Haryana CM, the two chief ministers have agreed upon the need for action on many measures aimed at preventing its re-occurrence in the winter of 2018
3:26 PM: AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal met AAP Punjab leaders and MLAs at Chandigarh
3:10 PM: WATCH- Here is what Arvind Kejriwal and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said after the meeting in Chandigarh
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) November 15, 2017
3:00 PM: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday called his meeting with Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar fruitful.
2:55 pm: The AAP convener said that they have discussed several measures which are necessary to check alarming air pollution in the national capital and its adjacent areas.
2:50 pm: Expressing gratitude to Khattar for giving him time, Kejriwal pitched for taking collective efforts to control the pollution level.
2:48 pm: CM Arvind Kejriwal had asserted that Delhi and Haryana will take all possible steps.
2:45 pm: Earlier CM Kejriwal had arrived in Chandigarh today for the meeting.
2:43 pm: It has been learnt that CM Kejriwal was greeted with protests by activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress when he reached the Chandigarh airport, according to IANS report.
2:40 pm: “We agreed upon the need for action on many measures aimed at preventing its re-occurrence in the winter of 2018. During discussions we agreed that the serious health risks to which such episodes of smog expose one and all require concrete and quick action on a number of fronts,” a joint statement reads.
2:37 pm: “In today’s meeting we covered crop residue burning and vehicular pollution issue,” lthe joint statement says.
2:35 pm: “we resolve to put in sustained efforts in pursuance of the jointly identified action points in the coming days weeks and months,” the statement reads.
2:30 pm: “We look forward to covering other sources of air and water pollution in our future discussions,” the joint statement said.
2:25 pm: Kejriwal said in a tweet that he was looking forward to fruitful discussions with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
2:20 pm: The Delhi chief minister is accompanied by his environment minister and environment secretary.
2:15 pm: CM Kejriwal had earlier said that Khattar had called him to Chandigarh today as he could not meet in Delhi because he was very busy.
2:10 pm: The Delhi chief minister had sought a meeting with his counterparts from Haryana and Punjab to find a solution to stubble burning in neighbouring states, a major source of high pollution levels in Delhi.
2:05 PM: The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of the two states of Punjab and Haryana has been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region every winter.
2:00 pm: Kejriwal on Wednesday tweeted that and Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain and Environment Department Secretary Keshav Chandra were on their way to Haryana “to discuss issues related to pollution” with Khattar.
1:55 pm: He had also written to the Chief Ministers of both Haryana and Punjab and sought a joint meeting to “find solution” to the problem that has led to widespread health concerns in the National Capital Region.
1:52 pm: But on Tuesday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh rejected Kejriwal’s request to meet him and instead asked him to refrain from “trying to politicise a serious issue”.
1:48 pm: “Ensure massive energy transition to bring clean fuels in transport, industry, power sector and in households and paradigm shift in waste management to control waste burning, construction waste and crop waste,” a Green body yesterday said.
1:45 pm: Joint meeting on pollution and stubble burning with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar is going on.
1:40 pm: LIVE- Here is why Delhi government said about Rs. 787 crore alleged scam
— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 15, 2017
1:36 PM: It has been learnt that CM Kejriwal was greeted with protests by activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress when he reached the Chandigarh airport.
1:32 pm: A green body yesterday called for the implementation of an emergency plan to address air pollution, after a Lancet Journal report said it was the second leading risk factor for health loss in India last year.
1:28 pm: Expressing shock at the loss of healthy live years due to illness from growing air pollution in Delhi and other parts of the country, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said all cities of India should be mandated to implement clean air action plan in a time-bound manner and fix responsibility to meet clean air standards.
1:24 PM: Earlier, CM Kejriwal said in a tweet that he was looking forward to fruitful discussions with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
1:20 PM: The Delhi chief minister is accompanied by his environment minister and environment secretary.
1:16 PM: CM Kejriwal had earlier said that Khattar had called him to Chandigarh today as he could not meet in Delhi because he was very busy.
1:13 PM: The Delhi chief minister had sought a meeting with his counterparts from Haryana and Punjab to find a solution to stubble burning in neighbouring states, a major source of high pollution levels in Delhi.
1:10 PM: The practice of burning of crop residue by farmers of the two states of Punjab and Haryana has been blamed for the toxic smog enveloping the region every winter.
1:07 PM: CM Kejriwal recently said the Centre, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi governments should keep political differences aside and come together to find a permanent solution to stubble burning.
1:05 PM: WATCH- A big blog to Arvind Kejriwal government; here is why
— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 15, 2017
1:00 PM: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh yesterday again ruled out a meeting with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, who wanted to hold talks over the issue of stubble burning, asking him not to “politicise” the serious matter.
12:55 PM: Singh claimed he failed to understand why the Delhi chief minister was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion would be “meaningless and futile”.
12:50 PM: His response came after CM Kejriwal sought a meeting with him on Wednesday in Chandigarh.
12:47 pm: Haryana CM Manohar Lal khattar had welcomed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his camp office in Chandigarh.
12:17 PM: “Sir, I am coming to Chandigarh on Wednesday to meet Haryana CM. Would be grateful if u cud spare sometime to meet me. It is in collective interest,” Kejriwal tweeted today.
12:14 PM: Singh alleged that Kejriwal’s tendency to indulge in petty street politics was well-known.
12:10 PM: He said Kejriwal should stop politicising the serious issue of stubble burning.
1:08 PM: He alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was “trying to divert” public attention from his government’s “failure” to check the problem of pollution in Delhi, as exposed in the National Green Tribunal’s response to the “ill-conceived” odd-even scheme
12:05 pm: Watch this video
— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 15, 2017
12:00 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has arrived in Chandigarh and will meet Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to discuss pollution issue.
11:32 am: A green body had called for the implementation of an emergency plan to address air pollution, after a Lancet Journal report said it was the second leading risk factor for health loss in India last year.
11:28 am: Expressing shock at the loss of healthy live years due to illness from growing air pollution in Delhi and other parts of the country, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said all cities of India should be mandated to implement clean air action plan in a time-bound manner and fix responsibility to meet clean air standards.
11:25 am: Watch this video
11:20 AM: Smoggy conditions continued to prevail in the national capital today morning, leading to cancellation of seven trains and rescheduling of nine.
11:17 AM: According to Railways, 26 trains have been delayed, nine rescheduled and seven cancelled.
11:14 AM: An official of the MeT department said that the minimum temperature settled at 13.2 degree Celsius.
11:11 AM: The official said that the humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 91 per cent.
11:08 AM: The visibility was recorded at 1,500 meters at 5.30 am, which dropped to 1,000 meters at 8.30 am in the national capital.
11:05 AM: Delhi has been experiencing dense smog for about a week, forcing authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns in the National Capital Region.
11:00 AM: Air quality in the city remained ‘very poor’ yesterday despite showing a marked improvement, prompting the EPCA to continue with the emergency measures such as ban on trucks.
10:50 am: According to the government, there are over 68 lakh two-wheelers in Delhi, of which 25 lakh ply on the roads daily.
10:47 am: The new petition pointed out that the shortage of buses would be largely resolved in a year and sought exemption until then.
10:44 am: “Exempt two-wheelers and women drivers for one year or till another 2,000 buses are engaged,” the Delhi government urged the tribunal.
10:41 am: Earlier, the NGT rapped the Delhi government for its first review plea filed on Tuesday, asking why exemption be given to two-wheelers and why the government could not run special busses to accommodate women drivers.
10:38 am: The tribunal also rapped the Delhi government over the delay in the procurement of 4,000 additional buses. Following the tribunal’s order, the Delhi government withdrew its petition.
10:35 am: The national capital on Tuesday saw improvement in air quality as six of the 15 regions recording “very poor” levels rather than “severe” for the first time in the past week.
10:32 am: With wind speeds almost doubling compared with last week and chances of a drizzle in NCR and neighbouring states, the air quality is set to improve further, experts said.
10:27 am: According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) the average Air Quality Index (AQI) of NCR, including Delhi, was 398 with major pollutant PM2.5 (particles with diameter less than 2.5mm) at 397 units at 6 p.m. This is considered “very poor”.
10:25 am: The average AQI of Delhi at 6 p.m. was 407 with PM2.5 at 406 units, considered “severe”.
10:20 am: Since November 7, Delhi residents were breathing toxic air with average AQI ranging between 460 and 500. PM2.5 reached dangerous 945 units at some places, including Ghaziabad, 37 times the safe limit.
10:18 am: “Delhi is out of an emergency but not out of danger. The conditions are expected to get better by November 16 and 17. Unfortunately, we are happy even though the air quality is very poor. In many countries, there is an emergency-like condition at this air quality level, which we are cherishing as an improvement,” Usman Naseem, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority, told IANS.
10:13 am: According to data from System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, six out of 10 monitoring stations across the NCR fell out of “severe” zone to “very poor”.
10:10 am: Defending its demand for exemption for women drivers from the odd-even scheme, the Delhi government pointed to the comfort of women drivers and continued to demand it in the new petition.
10:05 am: In the second review petition, the Delhi government sought implementation of the odd-even scheme in neighbouring states as well, or at least part of the NCR, including places in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, stating that they had a cumulative effect on Delhi’s air quality.
10:00 am: The Delhi government’s fresh plea before the NGT came hours after the tribunal turned down its first review petition to seek exemptions in the odd-scheme for two-wheelers and women drivers.
9:55 am: The Delhi government had decided to implement the odd-even vehicle scheme from November 13-17, with exemption to women drivers and two-wheelers as in previous two exercises.
9:50 AM: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has left for Chandigarh. He will be meeting Haryana CM ML Khattar.
9:47 AM: Air quality in the National Capital Region saw a marginal improvement from “severe plus” to “severe” on Tuesday while the National Green Tribunal turned down a Delhi government plea for exemptions from the odd-even traffic scheme.
9:43 AM: The Delhi government made the fresh plea before the top green court that the odd-even scheme for four-wheelers be implemented in neighbouring states with exemptions for women and two-wheelers for a year.
9:40 AM: A study released on Tuesday confirmed fears about adverse health consequences due to toxic air breathed in by Delhi residents for the past seven days and said that air pollution had caused six per cent of the total disease burden in the country in 2016.