"The prevailing meteorological conditions are less favorable for dispersal of pollutants for next two days due to low wind speed across the northern region", Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director at System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) told the media. The city's Air Quality Index (AQI) is already at the brink of slipping into the "severe" category.
The EPCA has earlier accepted the recommendation of a Central Pollution Control Board-led task force for the period between November 1 to 10 when further deterioration of air is expected due to festival season and stubble burning in neighbouring states.
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.
"300 water sprinklers are being used across Delhi to tap down the particle pollutants", said Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain.
For this crisis to be tackled meaningfully, the Health Minister must be willing to be open to productive engagement with community stakeholders and to acknowledge the health impact evidence presented by the Life After Coal Campaign and many other experts and organisations.
Environment Ministry on Thursday constituted 52 special action teams that will go to various places of Delhi-NCR and report the incidents of pollution to the concerned enforcing agency.
He said that the stubble burning had reduced by 30 per cent over past year, which was good but not enough. "Only then can we find a soln (sic)".
Over the last few days, the air quality in the city has deteriorated, causing a huge problem to every Delhites. "To get there, we need to set an aspirational goal to reduce the number of deaths from air pollution by two-thirds by 2030", said Ghebreyesus in his closing speech.
From premature births and underweight babies to a flare-up in arthritis to increased risk of stroke, Delhi tops national charts in bad air quality.