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Delhi resorts to lockdown to tackle air pollution

Delhi Government has told Supreme Court that it is ready to impose a complete lockdown in the city, to check air pollution.

Delhi government also suggested to the Apex Court that it would be meaningful if lockdown is implemented across the NCR areas in neighbouring states. Following the action after being nudged by the Supreme Court to curb the rising air pollution in the national capital, Delhi's air quality on November 15 witnessed marginal improvement. The air quality in the capital city reached the lower end of 'very poor' category with Air Quality Index (AQI) at 318 (overall), according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

The pollution level in the National Capital Region (NCR), especially Noida and Gurugram, have also shown slight improvement. Noida reported AQI in the upper end of the 'very poor' category at 387. At the same time, the air quality in Gurugram has seen significant improvement and has now reached the lower end of the 'very poor' category at 317.

"Implementation of lockdown for the two days with restrictions in anthropogenic activity emitting pollutants, air quality may improve a little but likely to remain in the very poor category if stubble burning share does not increase," SAFAR's bulletin read.

On November 13, the Supreme Court suggested the Centre for a two-day lockdown to tackle air pollution in the national capital.

Owing to high levels of air pollution, schools in Delhi and Haryana have been closed. All construction activities have also been shut down.


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