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Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Delhi government calls off odd-even after NGT riders

Delhi government calls off odd-even after NGT riders

NGT to Delhi government: So we should assume that the government is sure of the odd-even scheme's benefit, and of no inconvenience taking place to the citizens? "No exemption be given to anyone, including two-wheeler riders, in the odd-even scheme", a bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had said.

The tribunal directed that odd-even should be implemented "right away" without waiting for 48 hours, in case PM2.5 and PM10 go beyond 400 and 700 units respectively. Similar to previous time, it had exempted two-wheelers, women and government servants from this scheme. The government later called off the odd-even scheme, which was to be implemented from Monday. The information was tweeted by Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot. It also directed the Delhi government to ban on the construction works that are going in the city.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recorded "severe" air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.

The NGT also asked the Delhi Traffic Police to deploy its personnel at traffic lights, observing that nearly all the main roads in the city are witness to diesel vehicles which are older than 10 years and petrol vehicles which are older than 15 years.

"Your buses create so much noise on the road". Why don't you take proper steps for their maintenance. The tribunal said that even parents dropping their kids to school should not be implemented. The US-based passenger carrier United Airlines temporarily suspended its Newark-IGI airport flights due to concerns over poor air quality in New Delhi.

The Indian Express reported that the airline has waiver policies for customers who are traveling to, from or through Delhi.

Delhi's air quality plummeted on Saturday evening and once again entered the "emergency" category.

At around 3.30 pm, Environment Minister Imran Hussain said the levels of PM2.5 and PM10 had also dropped. 'Dust storm in Middle East also behind smog' 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 air pollution crisis. "But recovery will get delayed by at least one more day", SAFAR project director Gufran Beig told PTI.

The concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 hovered around 490 and 290 micrograms per cubic metre during the early hours of Saturday, marginally below the emergency limit of 500 and 300.

But by 6 pm, the readings had changed to 522 and 332.

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