Delhi air pollution live updates: Court directs to discuss long term measures like cloud seeding

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New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2017 5:31:01 PM

Delhi air pollution: Air quality in the national capital remains hazardous to very unhealthy as pollution and smog continue to choke the city.

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Delhi air pollution: Air quality in the national capital remains hazardous to very unhealthy as pollution and smog continue to choke the city. According to the air quality index report, Mandir Marg stands at 311 and Punjabi Bagh stands at 324. Both of these areas fall into ‘hazardous’ category. Dwarka and Anand Vihar fare very unhealthy at 293 in Air Quality Index. In a bad news for travellers, 26 trains were delayed, seven rescheduled and six we re cancelled. Meanwhile, in a trouble for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP government has been accused of sitting on Rs 787 crore revenue it earned through environment cess. Notably, Air quality remained outside the ‘severe plus’ category yesterday. It has been learnt that if the trend prevails till today, emergency measures such ban on construction and entry of trucks may be lifted.

Track live updates of Delhi air pollution:

5: 20 pm: Fire department personnel spray water on trees to settle dust in UP’s Moradabad.

4: 47 pm: Delhi High Court asks Centre and Delhi Government’s senior bureaucrats to not discuss immediate measures such as spraying of water, but discuss long-term measures such as cloud seeding.

4: 23 pm: Delhi LG has approved decisions to lift the ban on entry of trucks in the city and reversing of enhanced parking charges from four times to normal

2: 51 pm: Delhi High Court allows Half Marathon in #Delhi to proceed as planned after the organisers submitted that they have put in a refund policy for those runners who want to opt out and there are measures in place to deal with medical emergencies.

2:05 pm: NGT directs all schools and colleges in Delhi to install rainwater harvesting systems within 2 months, fine of Rs.5 lakh to be imposed if they fail to do so.

1: 11 pm: AAP targets BJP on Delhi air pollution through this latest released video

12: 45 pm: Delhi CM along with the Health Minister  and other officials took a review meeting of Delhi Health Mission.

11:27 am: The revised rates for cars were Rs 80 per hour and Rs 400 for 24 hours, according to the SDMC order. “For two-wheelers, it would be Rs 40 per hour and 24 hours,” it had said.

11:20 am: Sources in the SDMC said that patrons who came to park vehicles in the lots engaged in “heated exchanges” with the staff on duty over the hike.

11:15 am: Many even parked their vehicles along the road side or outside the designated areas. So, due to these factors, the hike was withdrawn, they said.

11:10 am: Baijal had directed that agencies such as the municipal corporations and the Delhi Metro to strictly enforce the decisions taken by the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA), including hiking parking fares by four times, in the wake of severe air pollution in the city.

11:00 am: The SDMC administers several upscale markets, including Khan Market, Sarojini Nagar Market and Central Market. The NDMC runs 104 parking lots while the EDMC has over 40 under its jurisdiction.

10:58 am: “This hike was for a week-long period only as mentioned in the previous SDMC order. So, from November 16, the old rates will apply for the parking fees,” a senior SDMC official said.

10:54 am: The North and East Delhi corporations, however, yesterday said, they will continue with the revised rates. “We have written to the government to take up aerial sprinkling of water from towering buildings, as we have those structures under our jurisdiction. And, also on measures to be taken from garbage removal from the streets.

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10:46 am: Environment Pollution Control Authority issues direction to withdraw four-time hike in parking fees.

10:43 am: The fees were quadrupled a week ago, will now be restored to the previous rates.

10:40 am: The SMDC and the other two municipal corporations — the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation — had effected a four-time hike in the fees from November 9, following the order by Lt Governor Anil Baijal in view of the high-level of pollution in the city.

10:36 am: In Pakistan, bad weather conditions caused by smog have disrupted over 600 PIA flights this month.

10:33 am: The smoggy conditions in the country’s Punjab province forced the airline to either delay or cancel the flights.

10:30 am: Smog-filled cities in north India and Pakistan will continue to experience dangerous level of air quality over the next several months, a top American atmospheric organisation has said, warning that the cities could turn into dangerously unhealthy “snow globes”.

10:25 am: Environment Pollution Control Authority issues direction removing ban on entry of trucks, construction works in Delhi, four-time hike in parking fees also withdrawn.

10:20 am: “This is just the start to the smog season in northern India and Pakistan, as the monsoon will last for much of the upcoming winter. That means there are plenty of more opportunities for cold, stagnant air to fill with pollution, turning cities into dangerously unhealthy snow globes,” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement yesterday.

10:15 am: NOAA released satellite pictures and explained the reasons behind such a polluting atmosphere in major parts of north India and Pakistan.

10:12 am: Widespread smog caused by the combustion of fuels, and the burning of crops and fires made it dangerous to be outside in cities in northern India and Pakistan, it said.

10:09 am: For air to get this polluted, in addition to needing a good amount of human help from the combustion of fuels and burning of crops and garbage, there needs to be specific atmospheric conditions that let the air remain still enough for pollution accumulate, it said.

10:05 am: “This stagnation occurs when there is an inversion layer in the atmosphere,” NOAA said.

10:03 am: An inversion layer refers to instances where the air does not cool as one moves up in the atmosphere, it explained.

10:00 am: “Instead, warmer air sits on top of denser, colder air near the ground. Since that cold air has no place to go thanks to the warm lid placed atop it, it just sits there gathering pollution like a hazy snow-globe,” NOAA said.

9:57 am: So, in late fall across the Indian Sub continent, the Northeast Monsoon is beginning to take hold, it said, adding that, the Northeast monsoon is driven by temperatures differences between the land and surrounding waters.

9:54 am: At this time of year, the large landmass to the north begins to cool down considerably forming a dense, cold air mass known as the Siberia high pressure system.

9:50 am: Meanwhile, the waters off of India remain warm. This contrast draws northerly winds across northern India, bringing cold air down off the Tibetan Plateau. The cold air settles into the valleys, creating inversions, NOAA said.

9:46 am: Referring to satellite images, NOAA said the widespread burning of crop fields in northern India contributed to dangerous levels of air pollution in cities across northern India and Pakistan.

9:43 am: At the US Embassy in New Delhi, hourly AQI values for PM2.5 taken on November 7 through 10 exceeded 500 with an astounding recording of 1010 at 4PM local time on November 8.

9:40 am: Hourly readings still peaked in the Hazardous category (301-500 AQI) through November 14.

9:37 am: New Delhi and several other North Indian states has been experiencing dense smog for over a week, forcing authorities to enforce emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns.

9:33 am: Mandir Marg at 311, Punjabi Bagh at 324; both fall in ‘Hazardous’ category. Dwarka and Anand Vihar both ‘Very Unhealthy’ at 293 in Air Quality Index

9:30 am: 26 trains delayed, seven rescheduled and six cancelled: Visuals from New Delhi Railway Station

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