A Supreme Court-mandated panel today declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned all the construction activity till 5th November.
In a letter written to Chief Secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi, EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said air quality in Delhi-NCR is in a severe category. He said, this situation must be taken as a public health emergency as air pollution will have an adverse health impact on all, particularly on our children.
As pollution level in the region entered the “severe-plus” category, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority also banned the bursting of crackers during the winter season.
The air quality in Delhi-NCR deteriorated further Thursday night and is now at the severe-plus level, EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said in a letter to the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.