Delhi’s Air Quality Enters Red Zone Again

With a drop in wind speed and the return of fog, the air quality of the national capital turned ‘severe’ today, following a fairly long period when strong wind movement had helped keep the pollutants at bay. The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had Delhi’s air in the ‘severe’ category with a reading of 410, which may affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing respiratory ailments. (Reviews: Best Air Purifier 2016-17) Private agency Skymet has forecast that pollution levels are likely to increase…

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Delhi’s ‘Severe’ Air Quality Continues

Delhi on Thursday witnessed severe level of air quality on the fourth consecutive day after Diwali. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) showed levels of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 and PM 10 exceeding 500 at most locations early in the morning. Values above 500 are considered beyond the Air Quality Index (AQI). The US Embassy’s air pollution monitor, which covers the area of Chanakyapuri, showed PM 2.5 levels touching 1,000. Residents of Delhi complained about irritation in eyes, cough and other discomfort due to the plunging…

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Delhi’s Auto, Taxi Unions Withdraw Call for Strike on Monday

Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union tonight withdrew their call for strike on Monday after the city government gave them a written assurance that their demands would be fulfilled. The two unions account for the major chunk of the autorickshaw and taxi drivers in the national capital. Rajendra Soni, general secretary of both the unions, said Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai has given them assurance. The strike was proposed in protest against app-based cab operators, and eight other unions which met the minister Sunday had already “distanced” themselves…

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PoochO Carpool App Launched Ahead of Delhi’s Odd-Even Scheme

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday launched a app called “PoochO Carpool” to give people more options for carpooling during the second phase of the odd-even traffic scheme to be implemented in the national capital from April 15 to 30. Launching the app, Rai said it would help users find carpool options within a radius of 1-5km. “This app will help users a lot during the odd-even scheme. Fathers going to school to pick up their children in the afternoon can opt for carpooling with the help of this…

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