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Doctors in the national capital Saturday said the impact of air pollution on public health can be compared to smoking 15-20 cigarettes a day.

At the meeting, the Union Minister said that the steps taken by Punjab and Haryana to curb the menace of stubble burning were "far from satisfactory".

The environment ministry on Thursday launched the trial run of five buses fitted with air-filters, which trap the pollutants in the air, as a pilot project.

The EPCA has earlier accepted the recommendation of a Central Pollution Control Board-led task force for the period between November 1 to 10 when further deterioration of air is expected due to festival season and stubble burning in neighbouring states. The PM10 in Delhi stood at 333 which is under the "poor" category.

The PM2.5 level was recorded at 210 with fine particulates can be a matter of more serious health concern than PM10 (particles in the air with less than 10 micrometres of diameter). "These measures are being introduced keeping in mind the forecast and the need for emergency actions to combat pollution", said Bhure Lal, chairman of EPCA.

Defending claims that stubble burning is the sole reason for Delhi's air pollution and not the city's traffic conditions or industries, CM Arvind Kejriwal reportedly blamed the Centre for not giving adequate machinery to the farmers in Punjab and Haryana.

"Ensure that we do not burn garbage and we report all instances of garbage burning and other pollution carefully and responsibly on the CPCB Facebook/Twitter accounts", the EPCA said Wednesday.

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Four areas in Delhi marked "severe" air quality whereas 29 areas recorded "very poor" air quality, as per a CPCB data.

The Life After Coal Campaign has been working on issues of air pollution for many years and has particular health and climate change-related expertise. He said out of 1.10 crore vehicles registered in Delhi, 40 lakh vehicles have been deemed de-registered. "Because of poor dispersion and stagnant meteorological conditions, no significant improvement is likely for the next two days", the IITM said.

Apart from that, a total of 1,89,290 vehicles were checked this year till October 31, of which 391 vehicles were impounded as they were "overage", Kumar said.

Measures called for in the programme include banning any new nurseries, schools or playgrounds in "pollution hotspots", carrying out a comprehensive air quality audit of nurseries, schools and playgrounds in known pollution hotspots and bring in traffic exclusion zones around schools, nurseries and playgrounds.

The CPCB has put up guidelines for the public to file complaints of air pollution in Delhi-NCR on its social media page, website, and through its mobile application.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.


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