1. Live Delhi pollution: Transport Minister says government ready to rollout odd even scheme

Live Delhi pollution: Transport Minister says government ready to rollout odd even scheme

Delhi air pollution Live Updates: CM Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government may have ordered primary school students to stay at home, but for Delhiites, there was no respite from the gas chamber like conditions prevailing in the entire NCR region.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2017 10:43 PM
Delhi air pollution Live Updates: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government may have ordered primary school students to stay at home, but for Delhiites on the whole, there was no respite from the gas chamber like conditions prevailing in the entire NCR region. (All India Radio Photo)

Delhi air pollution Live Updates: Delhi Deputy CM on Tuesday ordered all the primary schools in Delhi to stay shut after a smoggy morning. But for Delhiites on the whole, there was no relief from the gas chamber like conditions prevailing in the Delhi-NCR region. Sisodia while speaking to the media said that the government is monitoring the situation on an hourly basis. Among the people affected by the polluted air children, the elderly and asthma and heart ailment patients are at high-risk. People falling under these categories are asked to stay indoors by the Arvind Kejriwal government. Notably, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has arranged a meeting with Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan to seek Centre’s intervention to stop farmers in Punjab and Haryana to stop stubble-burning. The stubble-burning has been tagged as the biggest reason for the smog in the region.

Track the latest updates for Delhi air pollution here:

10:39 pm: Air Quality of Delhi’s in the Lodhi Road area is PM 10 and PM 2.5 in ‘severe’ category.

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8:49 pm: Uttar Pradesh: Aligarh District Magistrate directs schools up to Class 8th in the region to be shut tomorrow and day after, due to severe smog conditions.

8:44 pm: All Government and Private schools to remain closed in Punjab from November 9 to 11.

8:20 pm: Municipal Corporations, DDA and DMRC to enhance parking fees by four times, directed Lt. Governor Anil Baijal in a high level meeting with all the stakeholder departments/agencies in view of severe air pollution.

8:16 pm: Two-wheelers will be exempt if Odd-Even measure comes into effect in Delhi: Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot.

8: 05 pm: Delhi Transport Minister has said that the Delhi government is ready to roll out odd-even scheme. He said, “Delhi govt ready to roll out odd-even scheme if air pollution levels persist in ‘severe plus’ category for 48 hours.”

8:00 pm: The Delhi governor Anil Baijal has echoed the EPCA decision saying, “Stop entry of truck traffic into Delhi (except essential commodities) till further orders.”

7:55 pm:  The Delhi government has adviced the Delhiites to avoid personal transport. It has issued health advisory urging people to use carpooling and public transport, stay indoors, and not to smoke.

7: 30 pm: EPCA announces ‘severe plus’ or emergency conditions in Delhi considering the air pollution in the city.

7: 21 pm: EPCA announces ban on Entry of trucks except those carrying essential commodities, civil construction and demolition activities in Delhi.

6: 54 pm: After Punjab CM Caption Amarinder Singh advised Kejriwal to share his concern with the Centre, Arvind Kejriwal, through a tweet, has requested the Punjab CM to jointly have a discussion to find solutions to address the problem.

6: 40 pm: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday lashed out at the Delhi government and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for not issuing orders to shut down construction and industrial activities in the national capital despite the worsening air quality.

6: 23 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal terming the situation as an ’emergency’ has said that his government is trying to take time from the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana.

6: 15 pm: The city hospitals are witnessing a surge in the number of patients complaining of respiratory problems with doctors saying some may develop life-threatening conditions, as per a report by The Indian Express.

5:52 pm:  Delhi Metro has decided to run extra train trips across its network from tomorrow.

5:51 pm: High levels of pollution leading to high chances of people with Cardiorespiratory diseases, this can further lead to increased emergency visits and higher deaths: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria.

5:44 pm: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria: This can lead to more chances of breathing difficulty, cough, chest tightness, people with underlying asthma, heart failure/problems will have worsening of the disease/symptoms.

AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria. (ANI)

5:30 pm: EPCA should effectively implement identified steps in a practical manner so that the visible improvement is seen on ground: Harsh Vardhan.

5:11 pm: Anumita Roychowdhury, Centre for Science and Environment: The state government must adopt long-term anti-pollution measures, such as improving public transport and banning the use of dirty industry fuel.

5:00 pm: Earlier on November 7, dense smog hampered visibility at the Delhi airport, affecting operations and leading to over 300 flights being delayed by up to two hours.

4:54 pm:  I call for cost effective measures since management of air pollution requires sustained actions over a long period of time to be effective: Harsh Vardhan.

4:30 pm: Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter and requested all the state government in Delhi-NCR to take eefective measures to control the level of air pollution.

4:04 pm: Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan: Every possible step required to tackle the situation has been already identified, and the need of the hour is to put them into action.

3:50 pm:  Indian bowler RP Singh wished the national capital ‘Good Morning’ but in a sarcastic way.

3:42 pm: Bollywood superstar Arjun Kapoor took to Twitter is terrified after the massive accident that took place on the Yamuna Expressway.

3:36 pm:  Yesterday, Congress leader Ajay Maken took a jibe at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal after the residents of national capital woke up to a smoggy Tuesday morning.

3:19 pm: Anumita Roychowdhury, Centre for Science and Environment: Without the systemic changes, the scope and impact of the emergency measures will be limited

3:17 pm: Delhi government: If pollution increases, emergency measures, such as the suspension of construction activity, will kick in

3:16 pm: Anti-pollution measures adopted by the Delhi government in recent years include limiting car use and taxing trucks that pass through the city, but few have succeeded.

3:11 pm: Dense fog claimed nine young lives in Punjab’s Bathinda district on Wednesday morning when a cement-mixer truck ploughed through them in low visibility on a flyover on the Bathinda-Chandigarh highway, police said.

3:03 pm: Dense #smog continues to engulf the national capital, visuals from #Delhi’s RK Puram.

2:54 pm: Also See: Delhi becomes ‘gas chamber’, blanketed in toxic haze as air pollution worsens

2:48 pm: As the national capital reeled under heavy smog, the National Green Tribunal today took the the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to task and asked them to explain why preventive steps were not taken to control the ‘severe’ air quality in the region.

2:35 pm: Uttar Pradesh: More than 20 vehicles collide on Yamuna Expressway in Mathura’s Baldeo area due to thick fog, several people injured.

2:32 pm: MeT Director Paul said visibility reduced considerably today due to smog at places including in Bathinda, Faridkot, Moga, Ferozepur, Sangrur and Ludhiana in Punjab and at Kaithal, Karnal, Rohtak, Hisar and Bhiwani districts in

2:31 pm: Data provided by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) said that Air Quality Index of Ludhiana (313), Mandi-Gobindgarh (328) and Amritsar (215) today was “poor” to “very poor”

2:23 pm: “The situation is not changing as the winds are calm and no rains are predicted over the next few days, which is resulting in heavy concentration of pollutants in the air,” Chandigarh MeT Department, Director, Surinder Paul told.

2:21 pm: The MeT Department said the situation was unlikely to improve over the next two days as winds were calm and rains unlikely during the next few days.

2:20 pm: Watch Video: Delhi-NCR choke under blanket of thick smog

2:18 pm: The situation is likely to worsen on Thursday as the weather department predicted “dense to very dense fog very likely” at many places in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh.

2:17 pm: SAFAR-India: Give a miss to walk today. Stop any activity level if you experience any unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing, breathing difficulty or fatigue and consult doctor. Masks known as N-95 or P-100 respirators may only help if you go out.

2:15 pm: The average air quality index was 477 and the level of dangerous PM2.5 particles was “severe” at 475 microgrammes per cubic metre — about 19 times more than permissible globally. The permissible range for PM2.5 is 60 as per Indian standards and 25 globally. The “severe” level has prompted an advisory from the Ministry of Earth Science, cautioning against outdoor activities.

2:14 pm: The Indian Medical Association said the capital was witnessing a “public health emergency” and has appealed to the government to stop outdoor sports and other such activities in schools to protect the health of children.

2:13 pm: Manish Sisodia said that the situation will be reviewed on Sunday

2:11 pm: The decision came after the Air Quality Index (AQI) touched 448 in a scale of 500, entering ‘severe’ category. Today, the AQI was worse at 484.

2:07 pm: Closure of Primary Sections on 8th November, 2017 in all Govt., Govt. Aided, Private Recognized (Unaided), MCD, NDMC, DCB and Unrecognized Schools due to Deteriorating Air Quality in the City @ School Branch, according to the circular.

1:59 pm: Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall arrive in Delhi


1:56 pm: “Delhi’s air quality is getting worse. In this situation, there can be no compromise on children’s health,” Sisodia, also the Education Minister, said in a tweet.

1:40 pm: Some 30 trains coming to Delhi and 30 flights landing or taking off from the Delhi airport were delayed, according to officials. The air quality in Delhi and adjoining Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Gurgaon (Haryana) continued to be alarmingly bad on Wednesday.

1:31 pm: As air pollution surged to severe levels in Delhi, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today asked state governments in the national capital region to take steps to mitigate it and effectively implement the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

1:29 pm: Air quality in Delhi is worsening, have directed all schools to remain closed till Sunday: Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia


1:12 pm: Smog cover continues to affect visibility in Delhi, Traffic Police personnel seen wearing masks; visuals from Barakhamba Road.

12:53 pm: Two persons were killed and a dozen injured in three separate road accidents in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, police said. A dense smog has covered most parts of the state over the past two days.

12:51 pm: Here is what Kapil Mishra further says:

12:40 pm: Schools Shut In Delhi Due To Smog, Health Emergency Declared

12:35 pm: The airport has been 800 flights per hour instead of 1,100 as airlines were told to curtail operations for three days. This means passengers will have fewer flight options to book as well as an increase in demand from travellers, PTI reported.

12:34 pm: Sources at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airportsaid that due to low visibility on the shorter runway 9/27, they could only use runway 10/28 in the morning. The third runway 11/29 is shut from today for three days for maintenance.

12:32 pm: Poor visibility rendered one of the runways inoperable during the morning hours, leaving airport officials with just one airstrip of the total three to handle as many as 45 incoming and outgoing flights every hour

12:31 pm: Dense smog hampered visibility at the Delhi airport this morning, affecting flight operations and leading to delays in schedule of over 50 flights by up to two hours as only one of the three runways could be used.

12:29 pm: Education institutions in the National Capital Region have issued advisories in view of high pollution levels.

12:23 pm: AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said there is not enough data on the efficacy of masks and stressed on the need for initiating a movement to protect the environment. “Masks are not very helpful as a lot of air can get
inside from the sides. Also, they are tightly sealed and children and eldery find them very uncomfortable to use. He suggested implementing long-term measures and said the use of nasal filters or air purifiers can provide short term relief only.

12:21 pm: NGT seeks explanation from pollution control boards of Punjab, Haryana, UP & Rajasthan, Central Pollution Control Board & Delhi Pollution Control Committee on action taken to curb the menace of air pollution.

12:05 pm: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also asked his deputy Manish Sisodia to consider shutting schools for a few days after the air quality dropped to the “severe” category on the air quality index in Delhi. “Dear parents, please note that due to high pollution levels/unfavourable weather conditions in Delhi, morning sports practice has been suspended for a few days,” read a message by Sanskriti School.

12:04 pm: Dense smog continued to engulf the national capital for the second day today, leaving people gasping for breath.

11:58 am: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal writes to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar & Punjab CM Amarinder Singh asking for meeting to resolve crop burning & pollution issue.

11:51 am: Union Environent Minister is abroad. Will meet him as soon as he is back. Just wrote letters to CMs of Pun n Haryana. Will meet them soonest: Arvind Kejriwal

11:47 am: Watch Video: Pollution at hazardous level: Kejriwal seeks meeting with Punjab, Haryana CMs

11:43 am: Also Read| 300 flights delayed at Delhi Airport as smog hampers visibility

11:38 am: The National Capital Region on Tuesday saw its worst air quality and smog situation of the year — even worse than a day after Diwali, as a yellow blanket of smog hung heavily in the sky.

11:35 am: CPCB member secretary A Sudhakar told PTI the intensity of pollution peaked since last night as moisture-heavy winds from Uttar Pradesh and hot winds carrying emissions from stubble burning from Punjab and Haryana dealt a double- whammy.

11:20 am: The Delhi government also issued a health advisory for high risk people, including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those suffering from asthma and heart ailments. The National Green Tribunal took the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana to task, seeking to know why steps to prevent steps were not taken despite knowing well in advance that such a situation was likely to arise.

11:17 am: Also Read| Delhi Air Pollution: Bhatinda using alternative to stubble burning; why model must be emulated by others

11:05 am: Watch Video: Delhi NCR air pollution: Low visibility due to smog

11:03 am: A dense fog covered the national capital on Wednesday with the minimum temperature recorded at 14 degrees Celsius, normal for the season. Visibility stood at 300 metres. “There was moderate to dense fog in the morning. The sky will remain mainly clear ahead,” said an official of the India Meteorological Department. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 98 per cent.

10:59 am: The smog caused visibility to reduce to 200 metres. Situation was all the worse today and the residents of the Delhi woke to an even more foggy morning. So much so that the visibility had dropped down to 100 metres during the early morning hours at the Palam Airport, reports Skymet Waather

10:56 am: Skymet Weather shares another video of Stubble Burning in Punjab

10:48 am: A choking blanket of #smog again enveloped National Capital today as air quality hit the severe category in Delhi for the second consecutive day

10:38 am: The national capital is so polluted that anyone who can survive in Delhi can survive anywhere, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday.

10:22 am: The pollution level rose to dangerous levels on Tuesday, with 18 out of 21 active pollution monitoring stations recording ‘severe’ air quality.

10:16 am: PM10 is still at a dangerous level, but it is lesser than yesterday. Precautions recommended for 2 more days, try to stay indoors, do not go out for exercise or walks: Indian Medical Assoc Pres, Dr. KK Aggarwal #Delhi #smog

10:03 am: Lodhi Road | PM10: 601 | PM2.5: 581
Delhi University | PM10: 669 | PM 2.5: 609
Pitampura | PM10: 624 | PM2.5: 570
Delhi Airport (T3) | PM10: 585 | PM2.5: 541
Noida | PM10: 600 | PM2.5: 575

*SAFAR (data source)
9:56 am: People around the capital can be seen wearing mask due to the severe air quality.

9:39 am: Ousted AAP leader takes a jibe at Arvind Kejriwal, this is what he said:

9:35 am: Thick #smog cover in area around #Delhi’s Tansen Marg; people going to work seen wearing masks.

9:29 am: This is what ousted AAP leader Kapil Mishra said on his Twitter handle, ” As father of a 6 year old daughter in Delhi , I demand my CM should face the media today, Health minister shd face questions & Environment minister should tell what’s their plan – कहाँ गायब है दिल्ली के CM, Health Min और Envin Min ??? #DelhiSmog #Smog #smogindelhi”

9:19 am: Dense smog hampered visibility at the Delhi airport today, affecting operations and leading to over 300 flights being delayed by up to two hours.

9:18 am: Harayan government has also decided that all government, government aided and unaided private schools will open an hour late till November 30 because of the dense smog in the state,according to Indian Express.

9:15 am: Am writing letters to CMs of Punjab and Haryana requesting them for a meeting to find solns to crop burning: Arvind Kejriwal

9:11 am: With air quality in the Delhi-National Capital Region remaining a cause of worry for both authorities and its residents, the latter on Tuesday stressed the need for immediate steps to redress the situation and offered varied suggestions.

9:01 am: Watch Video: How smog affected Delhi-NCR:

9:00 am: As a thick pollution blanket enveloped Delhi-NCR on Tuesday with the worst air quality so far, the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) barred entry of trucks with goods not meant for Delhi, asked Traffic Police to increase personnel on ground and impose a penalty of Rs 50,000 on construction companies found not taking enough measures to control dust.

8:59 am: A Supreme Court-appointed panel on Tuesday asked the Delhi Metro to drop fares and increase frequency for the next two days, while ordering a fourfold hike in vehicle parking fee in a bid to curb worsening air quality in Delhi as the high-pollution winter months kick in.

8:58 am: According to experts say the situation is already severe, as the primary source of pollution here in Delhi and NCR regions — PM2.5 — was already beyond the severe level and preparedness is required on a war footing.

8:56 am: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said that air pollution in Delhi is “technically very close to severe, but not severe” even as he issued advisories, including the closing of all primary schools in the city for Wednesday.

8:37 am: Students share their plight amidst severe quality of air:

8:33 am: Authorities announced a series of preventive measures including a four-fold hike in parking fees and slashing of metro fares.

8:31 am: I am wearing a mask as my throat is itching because of the #smog: Raja, student at a school in Delhi.

8:30 am: The world of Twitter on Tuesday erupted with emotions — ranging from displeasure and concern to despair and humour — as a thick smog shrouded the national capital, raising health and environmental worries.

8:10 am: Smog seen at Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi


8:05 am: Visuals of #Smog from area around Faridabad’s Sarai Metro Station.

7:53 am: Thick #smog seen at #Delhi’s Dhaula Kuan area.

7:41 am: In view of rampant #AirPollution people at a park in #Delhi’s Dwarka seen wearing masks during morning walk

7:36 am: Air Quality of Delhi’s Lodhi Road area, prominent pollutants PM 10 & PM 2.5 in ‘severe’ category.

7:31 am: Smog canopies the national capital; early morning visuals from area around India Gate Delhi

7:20 am: As a thick blanket of haze hung low over the city, visibility levels plunged, affecting flight and train operations.

7:14 am: WATCH VIDEO: Primary schools in Delhi, Ghaziabad to remain closed today

7:05 am: Delhi’s air quality was at the season’s worst on Tuesday as a combined effect of smoke from stubble burning and moisture turned the city into a “gas chamber” leaving people gasping and prompting authorities to announce a four-fold hike in parking fees among a series of sweeping measures.

7:01 am: The Delhi government has announced that its primary sections of its schools would be closed today and all schools have been asked to stop outdoor activities, including morning assemblies.

6:48 am: East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) mayor Neema Bhagat confirmed closure of all its schools today.

6:43 am: Schools under all the three municipal corporations will be closed today in view of deteriorating quality of air in the city.

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