The Punjab government, meanwhile, has filed an affidavit before the court, claiming it has prohibited indiscriminate burning of agricultural waste in the entire state.
Air pollution is responsible for 3,000 premature deaths in the capital every year, according to The Hindu. The WHO safe limit is 60. Six people were injured when 13 vehicles were caught in a pile-up on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida's Dankaur area due to low visibility.
Hitting out at Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, who was away to attend the UN Climate Summit in Germany, AAP's Delhi unit convenor Gopal Rai said the minister is "missing" in the hours of crisis. While there is a public health emergency declared by the doctors' association in the capital, the leaders of Delhi and the neighbouring state are locked in a political fight.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on 10 November said the smog in Delhi is not due to stubble burning in Punjab, but is being caused by industrial and vehicle pollution. The Pakistani province's tweet came as a reply to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's tweet urging the CMs of Punjab (India) and Haryana to fix a time for a meeting to seek solution to the smog problem. With the major pollutants across all the monitoring stations in the region crossing the "severe" level by Wednesday evening, here is how you can beat the alarming pollution levels.
Describing Delhi's air pollution as a "national problem", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed support for her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal and said the Centre should discuss with neighbouring states to find a solution.
The National Green Tribunal also pointed out that despite its orders, neither have construction activities stopped in NCR, nor has water been sprinkled in Delhi. We are not stopping it yet.
On Saturday, the NGT gave the go-ahead for the scheme, without any exemptions for women, two-wheelers and government servants.