People hold protest outside Environment Ministry office against increasing pollution

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According to a media report, the apex court has directed the transport department to impound vehicles flouting the ban. Pollution control measures at brick kilns.4. There are a total of 35 lakh private vehicles in the Delhi NCR region.

The national capital and its adjoining areas have been reeling under poor air quality since past few months. The authority has also urged people to use more public vehicles, claiming that around 40% of the air pollution is caused by vehicular emissions.

"The situation is very risky in Delhi and it was same a year ago", Mary Kom said.

"We are gearing up for increased patient flow during Diwali", said Dr. Anil Bansal from the Delhi Medical Association.

In 2016, the odd-even scheme was enforced twice - January 1-15 and April 15-30 in the city when vehicles having odd and even numbers were allowed to ply on alternate days.

It includes 14 Metro trains with 730 trips on newly introduced Shiv Vihar-Trilokpuri-Sanjay Lake section of Pink Line.

Overall air quality index today was recorded at 320 which falls in very poor category.

There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation.

It's an initiative by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in collaboration with the Delhi government and the other NCR cities, in order to combat the worsening conditions.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee directed the transport department and the traffic police to intensify their drive against polluting vehicles until November 10.

The top court is seized of matters in which several issues related to air pollution in the Delhi-NCR have been raised. However, with sharp rise in major pollutants and Delhi's PM2.5 at 247 and PM10 at 448 microgrammes per cubic meters, the quality turned severe as it crossed the 400 mark. Because of increased wind speed and various air pollution control measures implemented by the government, decline in levels of pollutants were witnessed. Forecasts show the air quality will improve even further during daytime on Diwali before spiking again from the evening, touching "severe" levels on November 8 and 9 if even half the amount of firecrackers burst on Diwali last year are burst this year.

Designed on the air quality of the capital, one such purifier will be able to provide clean air in the 3-km radius of its location, impacting about 75,000 lives, said Puri.

He noted that Kampala and the entire country, is still relying more on qualitative than quantitative indicators to monitor and asses the ambient quality of air. According to the Air Quality Early Warning System, Delhi's air quality is likely to remain severe for the next three days.

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