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Delhi pollution live updates: NGT stops implementation of Odd Even, Kejriwal government announces free bus service for public

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New Delhi | Updated: November 10, 2017 9:48:33 PM

Delhi pollution live updates: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government got cracking to check air pollution in Delhi.

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Delhi pollution live updates: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government got cracking to check air pollution in Delhi. The city is bringing back the Odd-Even scheme with an aim to restrict the vehicles plying on the roads. The car-rationing scheme will be enforced between November 13 and 17 from 8 am to 8 pm, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said. The transport minister is meeting with Ola and Uber to ensure that there is no surge-pricing by app-based cab aggregators during the Odd-Even period. Green bodies had given mixed reactions to the odd-even road-rationing scheme that will be rolled out in Delhi from November 13, saying it might not be a long-term solution to curb pollution in the city. The national capital remained in the throes of a pollution emergency but the situation was better compared to previous days.

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8:35 pm: Every Vento in Mexico has a catalytic converter that was put in plants. In India, no Vento here has a catalytic converter. Why do you allow that children are breathing this air?: Mexican Envoy to India.

Melba Pria, Mexican Ambassador to India. (ANI)

8:15 pm: I am affected like everybody else because all are breathing the same air. If you’ve to go out you need to have purifier in your car. For someone like me, it’s being grounded because I can’t use my auto, my vehicle of choice: Melba Pria, Mexican Ambassador to India.

8:00 pm: In its forecast, the System of Air Quality And Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said air quality is likely to
remain in the ‘severe’ category tomorrow, but it may improve a shade and enter the ‘very poor’ zone on Sunday night.

7:45 pm:  A Centre-run pollution agency has identified a late October dust storm in the Middle East and stubble-burning in northern states as the prime factors behind the ongoing air pollution crisis in the national capital, which is now showing signs of waning.

7:30 pm: The statement said the recent increase in the air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR and the surrounding areas had
become “a cause of concern”.

7:15 pm: At a meeting with Nadda, experts said the number of cases being reported with breathing troubles and respiratory
diseases was varying every day.

7:00 pm: J P Nadda directed the officials and heads of all central government hospitals to keep a close watch on the
situation, an official statement said

6:45 pm: Union Health Minister J P Nadda, who reviewed the situation today, also directed the hospitals to stock nebulizers and other related equipment in a good condition and be ready to meet any exigency.

6:30 pm: The health ministry today directed all the central government-run hospitals to take measures to deal with the increasing number of patients in the wake of a severe air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

6:15 pm:  Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will impose strict vehicle emission standards from January which will hit import of three-wheelers from India.

6:00 pm:  Foreign tourists wear masks to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution that reached high levels at Rajpath, New Delhi.

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5: 52 pm: With deadly smog blanketing Delhi and the neighbouring states, the NGT had yesterday banned construction and
industrial activities and entry of trucks.

5:47 pm: The bicycles would be fitted with the GPS and the user will have to register with the company to hire it, Goa chief minister said.

5:42 pm: “You can use a bicycle to go to the market. What we have done is we are tying-up with a firm for operating bicycles. We will only give them places where the bicycles can be parked,” the Goa chief minister said.

5:39 pm: Watch what BJP’s Manoj Tiwari has to say:-

5:35 pm: Virtually air pollution can affect all parts of the body. It can affect our skin, nose, mouth face, lung, heart,
liver, bones or even our brain,” said Dr Sandeep Nayar, Senior Consultant & HOD, Respiratory Medicine, Allergy &
Sleep Disorder, from BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi.

5:33 pm: “Among the many benefits of clean air, our research suggests, are improved bone health and a way to prevent bone
fractures,” said Andrea Baccarelli from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the United States.

5: 30 pm: The risk of bone fracture admissions was greatest in low-income communities, researchers said in their study.

5:25 pm: The study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal is the first to document high rates of hospital
admissions for bone fractures in communities with elevated levels of ambient particulate matter (PM2.5), a component of
air pollution.

5:20 pm: Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of bone fractures by causing loss of mineral density, a major study study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal said.

5:16 pm: I don’t think. I think this is the failure of governance on the part of the Government of India as also the state (Delhi) government: Moily.

5:14 pm: Taking on the PM Modi, Moily said, in the capital where he is living, these problems are happening. Has he called for one meeting at his level?, Moily asked.

5:12 pm: At least some hours the prime minister Narendra Modi should allot for (to address) such (a problem): Moily

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5:10 pm: They need to do it (tackle pollution). The Centre is also part of it, (but) there is no eye-to-eye meeting between the central and the state government: M Veerappa Moily said.

5:07 pm: Politics on the issue of pollution is going on as nobody wants to take responsibility: Former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, as per CNN news 18.

5:05 pm: The accumulation of waste and its disposal by burning is the main reason for the poor air quality, Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said.

5:00 pm: The transport department said around four lakh old four-wheelers, 10-year-old in case of diesel vehicles and 15-year-old petrol vehicles,  will be seized in the National Capital Region, as per CNN news 18.

4:58 pm: “I don’t think there is any planning at all in this past one year. Even the last time when they implemented the odd-even rule, it was not effective at all,” Sheila Dikshit said, as reported by CNN news 18.

4:55 pm: NGT also noted that the Delhi government has been taking steps in the interest of environment and public
health and these were laudable.

4:52 pm: The NGT, however, allowed the industries engaged in essential services to operate in the Delhi-NCR on the condition that they would not pollute and cause emmissions.

4:50 pm: “In economic terms, the global cost of pollution in terms of hours not worked, premature deaths, health spending and eroded quality of life has been estimated at Rs 26,760 crore a year,” said a statement by The George Institute India Executive Director Professor Vivekanand Jha.

4:47 pm: According to a report by George Institute for Global Health pollution kills more people than HIV-AIDS, TB and malaria put together, as per IANS.

4:45 pm: NGT also directed the Delhi government to clearly enumerate the contribution of small petrol cars in pollution.

4:43 pm: A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also directed the city government to submit the comparative ratio of the emission caused by diesel and petrol vehicles.

4:41 pm: As per latest CPCB data, the prevailing level of PM2.5 in the capital was hovering around 433 microgrammes per cubic metre, while PM10 stood at around 617.

4:40 pm: Directing the city government not to implement the scheme unless it established that it was not counter-productive, the NGT asked it to give an undertaking that it will roll out odd -even only when particulate matter (PM) 2.5 was over 300.

4:35 pm: On April 21 last year, the CPCB had told NGT that there was no data to suggest that the odd-even scheme has led to a decline in vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR.

4: 32 pm: The green panel questioned AAP government in rolling out the odd-even scheme when reports by Central
Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) had found that the levels of PM10 and PM2.5
were cumulatively higher when the scheme was implemented twice earlier.

4:30 pm: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the environment-friendly conditions cannot not be created overnight in the state and the people will have to work for it.

4:29 pm: Meanwhile, amid the growing concerns over air pollution, the Goa government is planning to encourage people to use bicycles to move around in the state’s capital city.

4:28 pm: “Mere rhetoric and sloganeering is not going to serve the purpose,” Moily added.

4:27 pm: “It (pollution) can be tackled if they put their mind on it, instead of getting into the blame game,” the former Karnataka Chief Minister M Veerappa Moily said.

4:26 pm: Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily termed the alarming rise in air pollution as a fallout of “financial and administrative problems”.

4:24 pm: The transportation is one of the key contributors to the national economy in the services sector. Transportation
and tourism are highly employment-oriented and jobs may be a casualty of the pollution: Assocham.

4:23 pm: Along with tourism, transportation linked to the sector would also take a hit if investment and tourists traffic gets
a setback: Assocham.

4:20 pm: The industry body, Assocham said the feedback from tour operators and hoteliers clearly points out a deep concern over the negative impact pollution can cause to the economy.

4:16 pm:

4:14 pm: Only to accuse Delhi CM is not the solution. It’s national problem & we need to find a solution: Mamata Banerjee

4:13 pm: Global warming is a problem. Delhi pollution a disaster. Instead of blaming each other, I suggest Centre sits with CMs of neighbouring states – Punjab, Haryana Delhi – to solve problem: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

4:12 pm: Even domestic tourists are avoiding Delhi. In comparison, international tourists are more sensitive about green tourism: Assocham.

4:10 pm: International tourists are quite particular about their health and safety and with such negative developments Delhi is bound to drop off from the map of international tourists who will pick ‘cleaner’ South Asian destinations: Assocham

3:54 pm: Delhi govt will have to answer them why is Odd-Even necessary to be implemented now: Lawyer Gaurav Bansal.

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3:52 pm:  If any incident of crop burning is reported to NGT, a considerable amount of fine will be charged from the salary of the responsible officer.

3:50 pm: NGT directs states to ensure that there should not be any crop burning.

3:48 pm: NGT asks Delhi government to impose 1 lakh fine on builders found violating directions, as construction work has been halted in view of smog and air pollution.

3: 44 pm: Watch video here:-

3:40 pm:  The alarming level of pollution in Delhi-NCR may hit tourism in the region: Assocham.

3:35 pm: The government was finalizing the plans to spray water from a height of 100 meters over the national capital, Reuters reported.

3:30 pm: Small cars are not a serious contributor to pollution. Heavy diesel vehicles are a problem: NGT to Delhi Government.

3:25 pm:

3: 20 pm: Delhi Government says preparations are very much on for Odd-Even.

3:15 pm: Delhi Government responds after NGT order, says we will put justifications for Odd-Even to NGT tomorrow, reports CNN news 18.

3:11 pm: Even & Odd number traffic management is a fraud on the public to siphon off public funds to finance AAP volunteers: Subramanian Swamy.

3:08 pm: Why have you exempted two-wheelers and women in odd-even scheme, says National Green Tribunal (NGT) asks Delhi govt

3:04 pm: National Green Tribunal (NGT) allows industries engaged in essential services to operate in Delhi-NCR on condition that they would not pollute.

3:00 pm: NGT asks the Delhi government to prove whether Odd Even scheme has reduced pollution or else NGT will stay the imposition of the scheme. Hearing to continue tomorrow.

2:53 pm: NGT on Odd Even: ‘When situation is improving, the government is trying to implement it. You should have done this earlier if you wanted to. This will now cause inconvenience to people.’

2:48 pm: NGT on Odd Even: SC never asked for imposition of this scheme. SC and NGT have suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even. Delhi government will have to justify the implementation of this scheme.

2:43 pm: According to official data, DTC buses carry around 35 lakh passengers every day.

2:41 pm: However, since the AAP came to power, the DTC has not been able to purchase any new bus.

2:39 pm: Delhi govt will not implement odd-even unless it establishes that the scheme is not counter-productive, says National Green Tribunal

2:36 pm: National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Odd Even: Supreme Court never asked for imposition of this scheme. SC and NGT have suggested 100 measures to curb pollution but you always opted for odd-even. Delhi government will have to justify the implementation of this scheme.

2:32 pm: The Delhi government will allow free travel for commuters in all DTC and cluster buses during the odd-even scheme to encourage use of public transport, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said today.

2:29 pm: The odd-even car rationing scheme will be rolled out in Delhi for five days from November 13 as part of a graded response plan to tackle the alarming level of pollution in the city.

2:26 pm: “To encourage use of public transport during Odd-Even, Delhi govt to allow free travel for commuters in all DTC and Cluster buses from 13-17 November,” Gahlot tweeted.

2:23 pm: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the move will encourage people to switch to public transport.

2:21 pm: The Delhi Transport Corporation has a bus fleet of around 4,000 buses while there are over 1,600 cluster buses that form the backbone of the public transport along with Metro.

2:18 pm: Take a look at Arvind Kejriwal’s Tweet

2:14 pm: Will hold 2nd preparatory meeting today at 4:30 PM regarding Odd Even Issue with Commissioner Transport, Divisional Commissioner, CMD DTC and DIMTS, says Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot

2:12 pm: Delhi govt to allow free travel for commuters in all DTC and Cluster buses from 13-17 November, says Kailash Gahlot

12:55 pm: Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of bone fractures by causing loss of mineral density, a major study has warned.

12:50 pm: The study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal is the first to document high rates of hospital admissions for bone fractures in communities with elevated levels of ambient particulate matter (PM2.5), a component of air pollution,

12:45 pm: The risk of bone fracture admissions was greatest in low-income communities, researchers said.

12:40 pm: “Among the many benefits of clean air, our research suggests, are improved bone health and a way to prevent bone fractures,” said Andrea Baccarelli from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the US.

Read Also: Air pollution due to smog- Now study says, India becoming world’s top sulphur dioxide emitter

12:32 pm: The pollution monitoring body had said that there was no data to indicate that car rationing scheme has any impact on decrease in vehicular pollution and the fluctuations in PM10 and PM2.5 is due to weather and change in wind patterns.

12:27 pm: The national capital is experiencing ‘severe’ air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels have breached permissible standards by multiple times.

12:22 pm: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recorded ‘severe’ air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.

12:17 pm: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and other senior Congress leaders were arrested today while they were demonstrating outside a hotel, the venue of the GST Council meeting, here.

12:12 pm: Besides Gogoi, the arrested leaders included state Congress chief Ripun Bora, Leader of Opposition Debabrat Saikia and former minister Rakibul Hussain.

12:07 PM: Government of the Punjab in Pakistan has backed CM Arvind Kejriwal; take a look at its Tweet

11:55 am: Take a look at Giriraj Singh Twitter

11:51 am: Watch this video

11:48 am: On April 21, last year, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had told NGT that there was no data to suggest that the odd-even scheme has led to a decline in vehicular pollution in Delhi-NCR.

11:45 AM: The Green panel directed the counsel appearing for the Delhi government to be ready with all the requisite data and show before it the reason for implementing the latest odd-even scheme.

11:42 AM: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) said it would examine at 2 PM today the Delhi government’s decision to roll out odd-even car rationing scheme for five days starting from November 13.

11:39 AM: The AAP government had yesterday announced introduction of the odd-even scheme as part of a Graded Response Plan to tackle the alarming pollution situation in the national capital.

11:36 AM: A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Delhi government to submit before it the details of the ambient air quality during the earlier implementation of the odd-even scheme.

11:33 AM: NGT directs Delhi govt to produce details of ambient air quality during earlier odd-even schemes.

11:30 am: NGT asks Delhi government on the rationale behind application of the odd-even formula and the data on old cars in Delhi; case to be heard at 2 PM, according to report.

Read Also: Delhi pollution- Smog hits national capital but many cities are facing worse situation, take a look

9:51 am: Parking fees in areas falling under the three municipal corporations have been quadrupled, starting today, following the order by the Lt Governor in view of the high-level of pollution in the city, officials said.

9:48 am: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which administers several upscale markets, including Khan Market, Sarojini Nagar Market, Central Market, however, in an order said the four-time hike, would be in place for a “week’s time”.

9:45 am: The North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations (NDMC and EDMC) also effected the hike as per the instructions from Lt Governor Anil Baijal.

Read also: Delhi air pollution: 100% spike in patients with respiratory ailments

9:42 am: A layer of smog continued to engulf Delhi on Friday with some of the areas still gripped in the hazardous category of air quality index.

9:38 am: The pollution level in Punjabi Bagh at 802, Mandir Marg at 515, Anand Vihar at 571 and Dwarka at 420 fall under the hazardous category.

9:34 am: Residents of Rajpath area said that they would continue to wear masks as a precaution to save themselves from air-borne diseases.

9:30 am: A layer of thick smog near Bhalswa landfill area in Delhi was noticed in the early hours of today as fire and smoke were also seen billowing from the site.

9:26 am: In the wake of the soaring pollution level in the city, the Health Ministry on Wednesday issued a pollution advisory, asking citizens to drink plenty of water and avoid areas with smoke or heavy dust.

9:22 am: According to sources, the car rationing system will be implemented in the national capital from November 13 to 17.

9:19 am: The decision has been taken in view of the prevailing air pollution in Delhi and parts of North India.

9:15 am: All schools in the national capital will remain shut till Saturday.

9:03 am: The Delhi Metro will also increase the frequency of trains to encourage people to use the public transport.

8:58 am: The city’s air quality worsened ahead of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground, preventing them from dispersing into the atmosphere.

8:53 am: Dense smog seen in Indirapuram of Ghaziabad in the early morning hours

8:50 am: The alarming levels of pollution in the national capital has forced the organisers of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon to consider shifting the event to a new window.

8:46 am: “There is a possibility to shift this event to a new window… we may organise the event earlier or later. We have the option of the alternative window. We will discuss with our stakeholders and see which will the best window for the event,” said Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of the Procam International, the organisers of the event, here on Thursday.

8:43 am: A few days ago, Airtel, who have been one of the prime sponsors of the event for the last nine years, also threatened to pull out of the annual event citing pollution levels in the city but however, came out in support of the organisers on Thursday.

8:40 am: “As always, we will continue to support the event. It is great to see the fantastic response to the call for registration for ADHM,” said Ravi Negi, CEO of Bharti Airtel, Delhi NCR.

8:37 am: Watch This video-

8:34 am: The official said that as per rough estimates, about 13 lakh cars will go off the roads every day during the operation of the odd-even scheme.

8:31 am: Earlier in the day, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has also promised to provide 100 small buses during the period.

8:28 am: The DMRC will run 3,335 trips as against 3,248 trips it ran during the second phase of odd-even drive during April 2016.

8:25 am: With nearly 13 lakh private cars expected to keep off the road per day after the odd-even scheme kicks in from Monday, the government is looking to hire 500 buses to ensure smooth comute for the public.

8:22 am: The odd-even scheme will be rolled out in Delhi for five days from November 13 to November 17. The scheme will be in place from 8 am to 8 pm and there will exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers.

8:19 am: “We are working to hire 500 additional buses as directed by the transport minister. In view of short-time period, it is a tough task, but bus operators have promised to arrange buses for odd-even,” said a senior official, who did not wish to be named.

8:16 am: The Delhi Transport Corporation has a bus fleet of around 4,000 buses while there are over 1,600 cluster buses that form the backbone of the public transport along with metro.

8:13 am: According to the official data, DTC buses carry around 35 lakh passengers every day. Since the AAP came to power, the DTC has not been able to purchase any new bus.

8:10 AM: Vehicles with essential commodities are not being restricted by us, they are being allowed: DCP DK Gupta

8:05 am: On all borders, we have deployed our traffic staff, local police, PCRs. We are checking all vehicles and directing them to return from Delhi borders, says DCP DK Gupta

8:00 am: We are also in liaison with neighbouring states so that diversions can take place from Haryana and UP side also, says DCP DK Gupta

7:36 AM: The Delhi government will ensure that there is no surge-pricing by app-based cab aggregators Ola and Uber during the implementation of odd-even car scheme, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said today.

7:33 AM: Gahlot said that he has called a meeting with representatives of Ola and Uber today to discuss the issue.

7:30 AM: Vikas Sadan Gurugram at 391, Sector16A Faridabad at 348 in Air Quality Index, both falling in the ‘Hazardous’ category

7:27 AM: Mandir Marg at 515, Punjabi Bagh at 802, Anand Vihar at 571, Dwarka at 420 in Air Quality Index; all fall in the ‘Hazardous’ category.

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