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(NEW DELHI) Smog Pollution Report: India has temporarily shut down five coal-fired power plants around the capital New Delhi as part of its drive to combat air pollution, according to an order from the Federal Environment Ministry Panel on Air Pollution #AceNewsDesk report

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#AceNewsReport – Nov.18: The Commission for Air Quality Management has also banned trucks carrying non-essential goods and stopped construction in Delhi and its neighbouring cities.

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Pollution levels in New Delhi have surged to “severe” levels this month, with the Air Quality Index going as high as 499 on a scale of 500. (Reuters: Anushree Fadnavis)

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In its latest order, the panel said there was a “compelling” need to ensure that air quality did not deteriorate any further.

Pollution levels surged to “severe” levels this month, with the Air Quality Index in New Delhi going as high as 499 on a scale of 500, indicating healthy people were also at risk of developing respiratory illnesses.

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Indian authorities have also suspended construction work and banned the entry of trucks carrying non-essential goods. (AP: Altaf Qadri)

Supreme Court calls out governments on pollution mitigation 

Delhi, among the world’s most polluted capital cities, battles chronic winter smog every year as a drop in temperatures traps deadly pollutants from coal-fired plants outside the city, fumes from vehicles and the open burning of garbage.

The Delhi government on Saturday said schools would be shut for a week, but the Commission for Air Quality Management has extended the closure indefinitely.

The Commission also said at least 50 per cent of government employees should work from home until November 21.

The measures follow a Supreme Court order earlier this week asking the commission to suggest measures to cut pollution.

The court also rapped the federal and local area governments over their failure to mitigate pollution in the city of 20 million people, who endure toxic air almost every winter.

India’s efforts to reduce the burning of crop waste, a major source of air pollution during winter, have had little benefit, despite its expenditure of billions of rupees over the past four years.

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The burning of crop waste is a major source of Delhi’s winter air pollution. (Reuters: Anushree Fadnavis)

Hospitals seeing more respiratory patients  

Hospitals in the capital reported a spike in the number of patients with respiratory ailments being admitted following the increased air pollution. 

Dr Bobby Bhalotra, the vice-chairman of the department of chest medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said along with patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions, they were seeing a number of post-COVID recovering patients.

New Delhi’s worsening smog has brought with it a surge in the concentration of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5, which is small enough to enter the blood stream when inhaled into the lungs. 

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Winter in New Delhi brings an increase in air pollution levels. (Reuters: Anushree Fadnavis)

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