Delhi's air quality turned 'severe' for the first time this season

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Indian Government has put in emergency measures to check the increased air pollution level in National Capital as air quality slipped from "very poor" to "hazardous" on Friday.

On Thursday, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida recorded an AQI of 416, which falls in the "severe" category, while air quality was "very poor" in Ghaziabad and Greater Noida.

An unidentified official of SAFAR said stubble burning accounted for 24% of the air pollution in the national capital.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 9 a.m. was recorded 403, on a scale of 0 to 500.

Diesel generators had been banned Badarpur power plant has been shut down since October 15.CPCB has also launched an app called "Sameer" which provides hourly updates of the national Air Quality Index (AQI) published by Central Pollution Control Board.

Pollution is set to worsen until at least November 4, with high moisture trapping the pollutants and calm wind not allowing them to disperse, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

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He was addressing mediaperson in New Delhi after a detailed review meeting with NCR Ministers and Senior officers on implementation of Air Pollution Control Action Plan for NCR. "That is why [our air pollution measures] have collaboration at their heart, working with businesses, farmers, industry and households, to develop innovative new solutions to reduce emissions", MP Thérèse Coffey stated.

Dust particles, smoke particles as well as smoke from stubble burning in neighboring states have been increasing pollution.

Advocate Wasim A Qadri, appearing for the Delhi government, informed a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur, that around 40 lakh vehicles, out of a total of 1.1 crore, had been deregistered in the city.

However, there is a little respite due to increased wind speed, but the air quality still remained "very poor".

Ashok Pandey, principal, Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar, said, "We have shifted the venue of morning assembly indoors and advised parents to send their wards wearing masks so whenever they are outdoors they have limited exposure to toxic air".

According to India Meteorologcial Department (IMD), morning temperatures are likely to drop by one to two degrees on Wednesday, when Diwali will be celebrated, and a day after, which is likely to be another factor adding to the pollution. It has been emphasised that all the necessary steps must be taken to ensure that air quality levels don't plummet even further. If need be, we will have to restrict the use of private vehicles on Delhi roads from 1 November.

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