Air quality: State ignored warning signs for a mth

Sergio Conner
November 13, 2017

The alarming level of pollution in Delhi-NCR may hit tourism in the region as November and December are the peak months for foreign travellers to visit India and majority of them opt for the Golden Triangle tourist circuit - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, Assocham said on Saturday.

According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which found the city's Air Quality Index (AQI) value to be 468 on the day, "severe" air quality is bad enough to affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing diseases.

The runway at Indira Gandhi International Airport has been closed.

He said, in the last two days the air quality index has shown improvement, which was hovering in the severe zone. Over 20 flights have been delayed so far.

The low visibility has affected road and rail traffic.

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"There has been a three-fold increase in the sale of air purifiers at our store in the last two days".

In a letter to the Delhi government, the IMA said, "All outdoor sports, marathons and other outdoor activities in schools should be stopped". Observing that it was an emergency-like situation, the court sought immediate action from the governments. Why didn't you not spray water using helicopters as per our direction? A U.S. embassy measure of tiny particulate matter, called PM 2.5, showed a reading of 523 at 9 am on Friday - the outer limit of "good" air is 50. Earlier in the day, Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that considering the high levels of pollution, he has asked Delhi's education minister Manish Sisodia to consider closing schools for a few days.

"Delhi has become a gas chamber". "Every year this happens during this part of year". According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) initiative of the government, five out of its 10 monitoring stations across Delhi-NCR have recorded some improvement though the overall air quality was still severe.

The rising pollution levels will keep foreigners away, as they are too particular about weather and climate, including their safety.

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