New Delhi, November 14: for the long time Delhi people are facing a severe problem of polluted smog. But now they have got a sigh of relief, according to the reports the quality of air is improving day by day. Soon they may get rid of the face masks.
Union Minister for Environment Forest and Climate Change, Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said today that on account of pollution control measures and slight improvement in weather conditions, the declining trend in PM levels which started in the afternoon of Sunday continues even today and Delhi and NCR have now moved from emergency level to severe category of PM levels with PM10 being 392 µg/m3 and PM2.5 being 262 µg/m3 at 1300 hrs today.
Appreciating the discipline shown by the public in general, Vardhan added that this has largely been achieved due to efforts of various government agencies and public participation based on voluntary actions.
He further added that the IMD has predicted that weather conditions are likely to become more favorable for dispersal of pollutants over next 2-3 days and hence, air quality is expected to improve further. During the Task Force Meeting held at CPCB on Monday, the measures taken by the SPCBs were reviewed and they were requested to intensify the actions against violators, especially in industrial and the construction sectors, added the minister.
Minister also said “At this juncture, while all government agencies have to maintain highest level of alertness and continue intense efforts at checking pollution, I would like to appeal to all citizens in Delhi & NCR to continue the good work and help us with achieving better levels of air quality.”