For air quality to be severe, the PM2.5 must be between 250 and 300 or PM10 must be between 430 and 500, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh saw a slight improvement with an AQI of 377.
However, there is a little respite due to increased wind speed, but the air quality still remained "very poor".
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. The Air Quality Index has deteriorated further and has now reached a "severe" level.
All construction activities involving excavation, civil construction (excluding internal finishing/work where no construction material is used) to remain closed in NCR districts from November 1 to 10, the letter stated.
Their growing bodies and brains are more affected by toxins that can, among other health risks, affect neurodevelopment and cognitive ability.
The National Clean Air for Children Programme, launched last week by the Clean Air Parents' Network and supported by environmental law organisations ClientEarth and the British Lung Foundation, calls for £153m of funding to protect babies and children from the harmful effects of air pollution.
He was addressing mediaperson in New Delhi after a detailed review meeting with NCR Ministers and Senior officers on implementation of Air Pollution Control Action Plan for NCR. Moreover, a decrease of 30% in stubble burning compared to a year ago and the strict pollution control actions by authorities across NCR have also helped in this improvement. It's a collective problem and I urge everyone to please work together. "Only then can we find a soln", the Delhi CM tweeted.
On Wednesday morning, the air quality was reported to be "Very poor". Smog kills more than one million Indians every year and Delhi has the worst air of any major city on the planet, the World Health Organization says.
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee, meanwhile, directed the transport department and the traffic police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control travel congestion in the region during November 1-10. Later on, the Urban air database released by the World Health Organization in September 2011 reported that Delhi has exceeded the maximum PM10 limit by nearly 10 times at 198ug/m3, trailing in the third position after Ludhiana and Kanpur.