Delhi pollution Live Updates: CNG vehicles exempted from Odd-Even policy, says Transport Minister

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Updated: November 9, 2017 9:35:38 PM

Delhi pollution Live Updates: Delhi was greeted with a thick blanket of smog for yet another day with the pollution level in the capital still at the critical level. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot requested people and all agencies to cooperate. He added that the exemptions will be same as the last time.

Catalytic converters work by chemically converting emissions to less harmful substances. (PTI)

Delhi pollution Live Updates: Delhi was greeted with a thick blanket of smog for yet another day with the pollution level in the capital still at the critical level. The pollution level in Punjabi Bagh has recorded the maximum with Air Quality Index at 799 which was closely followed by RK Puram with AQI of 652. The maximum Air quality in the national capital and its nearby areas is hovering between 400-700, which is above the danger level. The lowest pollution level was recorded in East Delhi’s Dilshad Garden area with 264 AQI. Train and flight schedule has also been hampered due to the smog. At least 41 trains are arriving late, nine have been rescheduled and 10 cancelled. To discourage people from using private vehicles, the metro parking fee has been increased four folds. The Delhi Metro will also increase the frequency of trains to encourage people to use the public transport due to heightened pollution levels.

Track LIVE Updates for Delhi pollution here:

9:34 pm: Delhi High Court directs emergency meeting be called by Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change secretary with Chief Secretaries of NCR states & pollution control agencies within three days on pollution.

8:27 pm: Tackling environmental pollution, such as the haze that has enveloped Delhi, calls for an “all-encompassing approach” over and above measures such as a ban on firecrackers and controlling the volume of vehicles on the roads, a top UN official said on November 9.

6:49 pm: Automobiles, industries and construction work continues round the year so why is it that such a situation has occurred now? The reason behind this should be researched for thoroughly to find a solution: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

5:54 pm: The odd-even car rationing scheme is a formula for traffic management, and not a solution to Delhi’s high level of pollution primarily due to dust and debris, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said today.

5:49 pm: Environment Ministry forms a seven-member committee to monitor short-term and long-term solutions to Air Pollution.

5:21 pm: We are calling a meeting of cabs and taxis tomorrow and we will ensure that there will be no surge pricing this time: Kailash Gehlot.

5:03 pm: Cannot force farmers to stop burning stubble. Government has to look for an economically viable solution: Arvind Kejriwal

5:00 pm: WATCH|

4:57 pm: The Odd-numbered cars will be allowed to run on odd dates (13, 15, 17 Nov) while even-numbered cars can only run on even dates (14, 16 Nov).

4:52 pm: Following to the Odd Even policy Gehlot also said that the IGL stickers for cars will be available from tomorrow at 22 CNG stations across Delhi. Also extra buses are being arranged.

4:41 pm: Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot requested people and all agencies to cooperate. Exemptions will be same as the last time.

Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot. (ANI)

4:34 pm: Yesterday, former Finance Minister took a jibe at PM Modi over his silence on the Delhi air pollution.

4:10 pm: NHRC sends notices to Centre, governments of Delhi, Punjab & Haryana on “life-threatening” pollution in Delhi-NCR: official.

3:54 pm: NGT directs civic bodies to constitute teams to ensure there is no burning of waste in Delhi-NCR.

3:38 pm:  Fire Services sprinkled water on trees near Delhi Secretariat.

(ANI)

3:31 pm: NGT directs sprinkling of water where PM 10 is found to be in excess of 600 micrograms per cubic metre.

3:19 pm: “There is the issue of farmers (stubble burning) and plant emissions. And, even if one talks about reducing the volume of cars in the streets, there has to be a discussion on the quality of cars, whether they have catalytic converters. It has to be a well-rounded approach,” he said.

2:55 pm: “Environmental situations such as the current Delhi smog cannot be tackled just by addressing the issue of the number of cars or banning firecrackers. There has to be an all-encompassing approach,” UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev said.

2:34 pm: Also Read| Odd-even rule to be implemented in Delhi due to rising pollution, dates announced

2:28 pm: Odd-Even policy to be implemented in Delhi from November 13th to 17th: Sources

2:02 pm: Similarly, a Blueair spokesperson said, “With the air quality deteriorating and air pollution being a constant talking point, in last 2-3 days the demand and Blueair sales per day have almost gone up 50 times to last week.”

1:52 pm: Already in touch with states in NCR region, asked them to implement graded action plan. Constantly monitoring situation. There should be no reason to panic, take precautions try to stay indoors & don’t expose children to polluted air: Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan

1:30 pm: Air purifiers manufacturers are witnessing a spike in sales in the Capital and adjoining areas as consumers resort to panic buying with air pollution in Delhi-NCR breaching critical limit.
Companies like Xiaomi, Eureka Forbes, Blue Air, Panasonic India, Honeywell and Sharp said they have witnessed multi-fold jump in demand for air purifiers in the last couple of days.

1:13 pm: Ropad in Punjab where stubble burning is rampant, Times Now reports

1:06 pm: This matter shouldn’t be politicized, it is the time for everyone to come together and fight this problem: MoS Environment, Mahesh Sharma

1:01 pm: Watch Video:

12:59 pm: Alarmed over life threatening high level pollution in Delhi-NCR, notices issued to the Centre and Governments of Punjab and Haryana on their action plan to tackle it: NHRC

12:56 pm: If everyone, central govt, UP, Punjab & Haryana govt, come together & put aside politics a solution can be found: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

12:55 pm: Until state govts don’t find economically viable solutions to crop burning it will not stop: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

12:53 pm: Decision on Odd-Even formula will be taken by today or tomorrow, if need arises: Arvind Kejriwal,Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

12:51 pm: The high increase in PM levels in Delhi is not just due to local reasons, people & govt of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until solution to crop burning is found: Delhi CM

12:48 pm: For a month (from mid Oct to mid Nov) the whole northern India becomes a gas chamber, not just Delhi: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal #AirPollution

12:41 pm: Nine people, including eight students, waiting by the side of a road to catch a bus after their vehicle met with an accident, were mowed down by a speeding truck near on Bathinda-Chandigarh road today.

12:20 pm: NGT says vehicles more than 10 years, in case of diesel and 15 years in case of petrol, should be prohibited to enter Delhi. The Tribunal also says “ban trucks carrying construction materials in Delhi-NCR”

12:12 pm: Air Pollution matter: NGT has asked Delhi Government on the steps taken to curtail pollution, the number of challans issued to violators and the number of construction sites where work has been stopped. NGT asked, why rain isn’t artificially being triggered using helicopters

12:02 pm: NGT said, CPCB’s report has shown the extent of danger lurking in the air in Delhi NCR. Yesterday PM 10 levels, supposed to be 100, had touched 986, while the PM 2.5 levels, supposed to be 60, had reached 420. This has been the situation since the past week

11:45 am: NGT observed “Even construction work taking place openly isn’t being stopped, and when such a situation has ensued now action is being promised”.NGT further slammed neighboring states of Delhi & raised question on their seriousness on the grievous situation

11:40 am: NGT observed “It is shameful for all the parties in this matter on what they’re passing on to the next generation”

11:31 am: Air Pollution matter: NGT pulls up Delhi Government, Municipal Corporations and neighbouring states, asks them to see the pitiable condition of people in hospitals and the way their lives are being played with. Hearing continues

11:20 am:Also Read| Ready for odd-even if pollution is severe plus for 48 hours: Delhi government

11:16 am: Also See| Lesson for Delhi: This is what Beijing did to drive away smog

11:12 am: Have taken precautions and steps possible in Haryana. If we are asked by Centre, or Punjab to sit and talk together, we will do that: Haryana CM ML Khattar

11:09 am: This is a matter of concern, we have taken all possible steps in Haryana. We have also requested people burning stubble to not do so: Haryana CM ML Khattar

10:53 am: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said that air pollution level in the National Capital Region wasn’t an inter-state matter but needed Centre’s intervention.

10:52 am: In a letter to DU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, Tuseed said that pollution levels in Delhi had reached extremely alarming levels despite warnings to the agencies concerned and the Delhi government has announced closure of all schools as the PM2.5 levels can adversely effect the health of children.

10:50 am: Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) President Rocky Tuseed on Wednesday demanded that Delhi University should keep the colleges closed till Sunday in the wake of alarming pollution level in the city.

10:44 am: In the wake of the pollution level in the city reaching the hazardous level, the Health Ministry on Wednesday issued a pollution advisory, asking citizens to drink plenty of water and to avoid areas with smoke or heavy dust, among other measures.

10:43 am: The lowest pollution level was recorded in East Delhi’s Dilshad Garden area with 264 AQI.

10:41 am: The maximum Air quality in the national capital and its nearby areas is hovering between 400-700, which is above the danger level, according to ANI.

10:37 am: Indian bowler RP Singh wished the national capital ‘Good Morning’ but in a sarcastic way on Wednesday.

10:33 am: Meanwhile, smoke seen emerging from Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited plant in Mumbai’s Chembur this morning.

10:29 am: This is what Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said:

10:27 am: Ex AAP leader Kapil Mishra and Majinder S Sirsa distributed mask in Canaught place on Wednesday:

10:21 am: Watch video

10:16 am: Due to the smog that has descended on most parts of the state, as many as 17 persons have been killed in road accidents across the state in the last 24 hours, police said.

10:13 am: The air quality in the state capital is worst in Lalbagh where the average AQI is 463, which was very close to that in Noida in the last 24-hours, an official told IANS.

10:12 am: The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Noida has been noted as the worst in the state in the past 24-hours.

10:11 am: After the deadly smog in Delhi, the hazardous weather conditions have hit the state of Uttar Pradesh with various cities recording dangerously poor air quality, officials said on Thursday.

9:52 am: Watch Video: Schools in Delhi shut till Sunday due to heavy smog

9:49 am: This is what Arvind Kejriwal tweeted:

9:45 am: Sports enthusiasts in Ludhiana say they are face breathing difficulties, find it difficult to play in the early morning hours due to severe #smog conditions blanketing the region

9:42 am: Also Read| Delhi Air Pollution: Bhatinda using alternative to stubble burning; why model must be emulated by others

9:41 am: Two-wheelers will be exempt if Odd-Even measure comes into effect in Delhi: Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot.

9:39 am: All Government and Private schools to remain closed in Punjab from November 9 to 11.

9:38 am: Stubble burning in Haryana continues even as pollution levels rise in the region and neighbouring states.

9:31 am: The smog, which triggered near zero visibility at many places and pile-ups on highways, is a mixture of carbon monoxide, particulate matter such as PM2.5, PM10, ground level ozone and oxides of nitrogen and sulphur dioxide, the Delhi government said in a health advsiory.

9:19 am: Following the death of 10 people in a road accident in Bathinda, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today ordered issuance of strict guidelines for bus drivers in view of widespread smog in the state.

9:15 am: This is what Amarinder Singh had to say about the Delhi pollution:

9:10 AM: Stubble burning in Haryana continues even as pollution levels rise in the region and neighbouring states: Visuals from Rohtak

9:06 am: Thick blanket of smog blankets Ludhiana

9:02 am: EPCA had made it clear yesterday that its orders are legally binding and have to be enforced once the chief secretaries of the respective states issue them.

8:59 am: The National Green Tribunal lashed out at the Delhi government and the Central Pollution Control Board for not issuing orders to shut down construction and industrial activities in the capital despite the worsening air quality.

8:54 am: Thick layer of smog covers Rohtak resulting in low visibility

8:43 am:Watch Video:  DND flyover in Delhi where visibility dropped to 40 metres, Times Now reported:

8:40 am: The SAFAR suggested that the “sudden” intrusion of pollutant-laden smoke from neighbouring Punjab and Haryana from the night of November 6 led to the spike as the high quantity of moisture in the city’s air trapped the particulates.

8:35 am: Authorities in Delhi on Wednesday ordered an immediate halt on civil construction works and banned the entry of trucks, except those carrying essential commodities, in the city as the EPCA announced that pollution levels have hit ‘severe plus’.

8:31 am: Also Read| Delhi pollution: As CM Arvind Kejriwal cries over stubble burning, AAP leader sets fields on fire in Punjab

8:27 am: Watch Video: As the deadly smog persists in the air, national capital has been brought to its knees even as the condition is to worsens

8:25 am: Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh at 799, Dwarka 388, Shadipur 362,Anand Vihar 515 in Air Quality Index; all fall in the ‘Hazardous’ category

8:24 am: 41 trains arriving late in #Delhi area due to fog/smog conditions, nine rescheduled and 10 cancelled

8:12 am: Amid worsening pollution in Delhi, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) today asked its officials to initiate immediate steps like sprinkling of water at highway construction sites.

8:06 am: Addressing a press conference here, Randeep Guleria also compared the situation with the Great Smog of London in 1952 which is estimated to have killed nearly 4,000 people within a week.

8:05 am: Also See| Delhi becomes ‘gas chamber’, blanketed in toxic haze as air pollution worsens

8:02 am: Emphasising that N95 masks and air purifiers are not completely effective in the current air pollution scenario, AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that there has been a high surge in patients with respiratory problems and there could be a high fatality rate, IANS reported.

8:00 am: The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday issued an advisory in view of the severe air pollution in the city, asking children and persons with breathing difficulty to not venture out in the open.

7:58 am: Also Read| Delhi Air Pollution decoded: Why smog overpowers city; all you want to know in brief

7:55 am: Smog seen in Delhi’s Lodhi road area in the early morning hours; Air Quality of the area-prominent pollutants PM 10 & PM 2.5 in ‘severe’ category.

7:53 am: Smog seen in the national capital, visuals from New Delhi Railway station

7:51 am: Watch Video: Smog Rises To Emergency Level, Delhi Govt Likely To Start Odd-Even Formula Again

7:50 am: Lt Governor Anil Baijal has directed that agencies such as the municipal corporations and the Delhi Metro should strictly enforce the decisions taken by the EPCA, including hiking parking fares by four times.

7:46 am: This is what actress Dia Mirza has to say about the situation in Delhi:

7:43 am: “The Metro parking rates will be four times the prevalent rates from tomorrow (Thursday) onwards in order to discourage use of private vehicles owing to prevalent weather conditions,” a statement from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said on Wednesday.

7:42 am: Delhi continued to choke on the smog as the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) announced that pollution levels have hit ‘severe plus’ zone.

7:40 am: The municipal corporations in Delhi on Wednesday said the Lt Governor asking civic bodies to abide by the four-time hike in parking fees, in the wake of severe pollution in the city, would be followed in letter and spirit in the interest of the residents.

7:38 am: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh directed the police chief to convene a special meeting with the traffic wing to take all possible preventive measures to avert accidents.

7:37 am: Expressing concern over the spate of accidents due to dense smog in the state over the past few days, Amarinder Singh directed Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) to issue detailed guidelines to the drivers to be extra vigilant and cautious while driving buses in the prevailing conditions.

7:33 am: The Delhi Metro on Wednesday announced a four-fold hike in the rates for parking on its premises to discourage commuters from using private vehicles.

7:27 am: The toxic haze hanging over Delhi today thickened, leading to near zero visibility at many places, even as air quality slid further and touched calamitous levels.

7:23 am: On Wednesday, air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had a score of 487 on a scale of 500, indicating ‘severe’ levels of pollution, which can affect even healthy people and “seriously impact” those with existing diseases.

7:20 am: People were seen wearing masks to protect themselves outdoors, there was a spurt in fresh cases in hospitals and conditions of patients with history of asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) and cardio- vascular diseases deteriorated.

7:17 am: As air pollution reached alarming levels in the national capital, major city hospitals witnessed a surge in the number of patients complaining of respiratory problems with doctors saying some may develop life-threatening conditions.

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