New Delhi (Sputnik) — Amid fears of plunging air quality level in India's National Capital Region (NCR), the city administrators are contemplating an "only public transport" policy from the beginning of next month to fight pollution.
Indication of this move were given by the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) when it's chair Bhure Lal told the media that "recent forecast has shown air quality is set to worsen in the next few days and if it crosses severe levels, we will have to take the emergency steps. If need be, we will have to restrict the use of private vehicles on Delhi roads from 1 November. Only public transport will be used. This is part of the Graded Action Response Plan."
— ANI (@ANI) November 1, 2018
"It would be binding on the state government to procure transport from adjoining states. Metro will have to enhance service intensity and a number of coaches. So, emphasis will be on public transport," Bhure Lal was quoted by the ANI.
— India Today (@IndiaToday) November 1, 2018
Weathermen have advised caution for residents of Delhi as the city's Air Quality Index (AQI) continue to score below ‘severe' category after breaching the 400 mark. According to the Air Quality Early Warning System, Delhi's air quality is likely to remain severe for the next three days.
"The prevailing meteorological conditions are less favorable for dispersal of pollutants for next two days due to low wind speed across the northern region," Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director at System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) told the media.
— Sanjay Bragta (@SanjayBragta) October 27, 2018
Burning of farmlands in neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan, use of older and more polluting vehicles and unfavorable weather conditions with low-speed winds which have failed to disperse pollutants, have all contributed to this alarming situation.
— Arpit Agarwal ⚡️ (@arpitsaan) October 29, 2018
AQI between 0-50 is considered "good", 51-100 "satisfactory", 101-200 "moderate", 201-300 "poor", 301-400 "very poor" and 401-500 "severe".