Smog continues to haunt Delhiites, air quality remains 'severe'

Delhi smog Poor visibility toxic air shuts schools construction

This measure has been taken up due to the rising levels of air pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas that has hit 70 times the World Health Organisation's safe limit. "The air quality has started improving, and weather conditions will get much better by Saturday". PM10 level which had shot up to 800ug/m3 on November 7 had dropped to 750 ug/m3 on Thursday evening. The body asked the Arvind Kejriwal government to first prove that odd-even had been successful last year to go ahead with it this year. Indian Metrological Department (IMD) officials said the minimum visibility stood at 400 metres, better than Thursday's 200 metres.

Air Quality Index (AQI) for Delhi jumped to 460 (on a scale of 500) after touching 403 on Saturday.

"No construction activity will be carried out on structures until further orders. all industrial activities in Delhi-NCR ( National Capital Region) which are causing emissions will also not be allowed to carry on their functioning till November 14", a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

All schools in the national capital will reopen tomorrow after a five-day break announced by the Delhi government in view of the alarming air pollution levels, an official said today.

According to the Newspaper, Later, at 9 am, it rose to 484 while Ghaziabad stood at 498, Gurgaon at 485 and Noida at 485 - inching towards distressing levels.At the Delhi Technological University station, the AQI maxed out at 500.

According to IMD, Friday's reading shows sign of improvement of air quality and the AQI will return to "very poor" from "severe" levels by the week end.

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