Ten areas in Delhi recorded “severe” pollution while 23 areas recorded “very poor” air quality. Gurgaon recorded “severe” air quality at 416, while it was “very poor” in Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida.
As emergency measures to check pollution come into force from Thursday in Delhi-NCR, state pollution control bodies have been directed to initiate criminal prosecution against violators, while the Delhi government said it was fully prepared to implement odd-even scheme to regulate private vehicles when needed.
The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), which has restricted several activities like construction from November 1, urged Delhiites on Wednesday to use public transport for the next 10 days when the air quality is likely to deteriorate further.
There are a total of 35 lakh private vehicles in the Delhi NCR region which contribute to 40% of the pollution in the city. So Delhiites, wake up and smell the smog! It’s time to recharge that metro card.
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