Will implement odd-even scheme whenever required Kejriwal

Katie Ramirez
December 26, 2018

With Delhi's air quality remaining in the "severe" category for the last four days, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government may reintroduce the "odd-even" auto rationing scheme if the need arises.

Mr. Tiwari alleged that Mr. Kejriwal had made many poll promises to control pollution, including mechanical cleaning of roads, sprinkling of water, tree plantation, banning construction work and installing air purifiers, but the Delhi government had "failed" at fulfilling "any of them".

The city is facing its worst pollution crisis since Diwali.

Urging the public to join hands with the government in reducing the formation of toxic air, Kejriwal said, "If the need arises, we will soon implement the odd-even scheme in the capital".

Industries located in Wazirpur, Mundka, Narela, Bawana, Sahibabad and Faridabad will remain closed until Wednesday, EPCA Chairperson Bhure Lal said in a letter to Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev.

The air quality at certain places in Delhi-NCR showed considerable improvement. Guleria asked people to avoid visiting most polluted areas and taking preventive measures.

The Central Pollution Control Board data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) on Tuesday at 416, while the centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research recorded an AQI of 423 for the day.

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Qureshi also held delegation-level talks with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani. At the end of his visit to Iran, Qureshi will set off for China and Russian Federation .

Delhi's air quality turned "severe" on Saturday.

Even as air pollution level was creating "emergency-like conditions" in the Capital, Mr. Kejriwal was yet to "understand the seriousness" of it, said the BJP.

According to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), air quality is likely to improve on Tuesday, but will remain in the upper end of the "very poor" or in the "severe" category.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Faridabad at 327, Ghaziabad at 398, Greater Noida at 394, Noida at 386 and Gurugram at 310 also fared in the "very poor" zone.

"Do not rely on dust masks for protection", it read. The CM said Delhi government is doing everything it can to check pollution.

"The wind speed and ventilation index are highly unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants", it had said. "It will further improve a few notches by tomorrow as good wind speed will continue to disperse pollutants faster than that of accumulation due to colder condition and fog".

An AQI between 100 to 200 falls under the "moderate" category, 201 and 300 is considered "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", while that between 401 and 500 is "severe". A ventilation index lower than 6,000 sqm/second, with average wind speed less than 10 kmph, is unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants.

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