NGT Bans construction work, asks Delhi govt to curb pollution

The Indian Medical Association is calling the pollution an "epidemic", Reuters reported, urging people to stay home from school and even from work if possible until conditions improve.

System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) showed levels of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 and PM 10 breaching the 500-mark in most locations on Tuesday afternoon.

Delhi cabinet minister Kapil Mishra on Monday, in an online appeal also invited suggestions from people on ways to tackle the rising air pollution in the city-state.

"It's been a nightmare". I played near India Gate. A coal-fired power plant will also be closed for 10 days and roads will be doused with water to suppress dust.

Almost 580 schools under the South Corporation will remain closed for the entire week, while those in the jurisdiction of North and East civic bodies will be shut till Wednesday in view of the alarming pollution levels in the national Capital.

Patients with breathing problems inundated hospitals and doctor's clinics, and residents waited in line to buy pricey face masks - which often sold out. "We've already passed orders".

The demand for air purifiers also jumped, both from locals and foreigners working in India.

Environmental experts applauded the move but say the city - the 11th-most-polluted in the world, according to the World Health Organisation - needs far more stringent long-term solutions. How many challans for creating pollution?

"Eighty per cent of Delhi's pollution is due to reasons within it while 20% is due to crop burning".

Fresh air doesn't exist in New Delhi at the moment.

After a public outcry, Union environment secretary A.N. Jha met with environment secretaries of five states-Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab-on Friday.

Cars could be taken off the road to reduce pollution.

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"There is a review meeting later this week".

The AAP government is also mulling the possibility of bringing back the odd-even scheme.

Delegates attending a global conference on controlling tobacco consumption said they were taken by surprise by the level of pollution. "It's kind of amusing that we are at a conference that aims to have cleaner air and are at a venue that does not have that", said Irene Ryes, a delegate from the Philippines. The minister said that they received 5,000 responses in one hour.

"Officially, we are saying nothing at all about pollution", a British diplomat said.

It added that the road rationing scheme alone is not enough to tackle the air pollution, and the government should adopt a multi-pronged strategy and formulate long term measures for the objective.

"You are only issuing challans to poor people, not builders for pollution".

"If we engage in any blame game, the issue won't get resolved".

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