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Dust pollution in Delhi: LG orders to stop all civil construction activities

The air quality deteriorated because of dust storms in western India, particularly Rajasthan, which increased coarser particles in the air, the Central Pollution Control Board said.


PTI Last Updated at 14 Jun 2018, 17:06 IST India
Dust pollution in Delhi: LG orders to stop all civil construction activities
  • The LG also said that a massive afforestation drive would be conducted across Delhi from July 15 to September 15. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today ordered stoppage of all civil construction activities across Delhi as part of emergency measures to bring down the severe dust pollution.

The air quality in Delhi remained beyond the "severe" level for the third day today and the authorities warned that dusty conditions were likely to prevail for another 3-4 days and advised people to avoid staying outdoors for long hours.

"Held an emergency meeting in view of severe dust pollution in Delhi with Hon Min @ImranHussaain & officials. Emergency measures like stoppage of all civil construction activities till 17th June. More monitoring by agencies like NHAI, DMRC, MCDs, PWD & NBCC etc. for ensuring compliance (sic)," the LG tweeted.

The air quality deteriorated because of dust storms in western India, particularly Rajasthan, which increased coarser particles in the air, the Central Pollution Control Board said.

PM10 level (presence of particles with the diameter less than 10mm) was beyond severe at 796 in Delhi-NCR and 830 in Delhi, leading to hazy conditions.

According to the CPCB, the air quality index (AQI) -- a measurement of the concentration of toxic particulate matter in the air -- at several places in Delhi remained beyond the 500-mark, with east Delhi's Anand Vihar area recording a PM10 level of 929 and PM2.5 level of 301 this morning.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered "Good", 51-100 "Satisfactory", 101-200 "Moderate", 201-300 "Poor", 301-400 "Very Poor", and 401-500 "Severe".

The LG also said that a massive afforestation drive would be conducted across Delhi from July 15 to September 15.

"Massive afforestation drive from 15 July-15 Sept. across Delhi will be undertaken. Residents' participation is welcome. Information about procurement of saplings, identified areas for plantation activities etc. can be obtained from Forest Deptt, GNCTD. Green Delhi our common goal," the LG further said on Twitter.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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