Odd-even policy back in Delhi next week as pollution hits 'severe' level

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 09, 2017 15:02 hrs
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New Delhi: With the rise in the level of pollution, the national capital has decided to implement the 'Odd-Even' formula to control the growing menace.

"For a month (from mid October to mid November) the whole northern India becomes a gas chamber, not just Delhi," ANI quoted Chief Minister Kejriwal as saying after inaugurating 20 continuous ambient air quality monitoring station here.

On Wednesday morning, 6 people were injured when 24 vehicles were caught in a pile-up on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida’s Dankaur area due to low visibility. Commuters in several parts of the national capital region are affected by this year’s worst spell of air pollution.

While 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 and cardio- vascular diseases deteriorated.

According to an IANS report, The data collected from the central government's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (Safar) showed that the PM2.5 and PM10 (particles with diameter less than 2.5 and 10mm) were beyond "severe", which stood at more than 500 units.

The safe limit for PM2.5 is 60 micrograms per cubic meter according to the national standards, and 25 micrograms per cubic meter as per the international standards.

The regions sharing common beyond "severe" range for PM2.5 and PM10 includes all the ten monitoring stations of Safar -- Dhirpur, Pitampura and Delhi University (North Campus) in north Delhi; Pusa and Lodhi Road in Central Delhi; Ayanagar and Mathura Road in South Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport; Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Gurugram in Haryana. 

According to Safar, both PM2.5 and PM10 are expected to be "severe-plus" on Friday as well.

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