The air quality became worse a day after Sri Lankan cricketers took to the field here wearing anti-pollution masks.
The tribunal, however, directed the government to file the report within the next 48 hours. What can we do if you keep on changing everybody? "Are people of Delhi supposed to bear this?" the bench said. It's not our problem if people don't want to stick to you.
As per the reports, in their action plan, Delhi Government told NGT that Odd-even will be implemented without exemptions if the pollution level touches the sever category. Tribunal said, "The situation is getting from poor to worst, children are suffering and the Delhi government has not even filed its action plan".
The tribunal had on November 28 asked the AAP government and four neighbouring states- Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to submit an action plan on tackling pollution. The corresponding prescribed standards are 60 and 100.
The Air Quality Index (AQI), as recorded by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), also reflected the rise in the levels of these ultrafine air-borne particulates, which manage to lodge deep in the lungs and even enter the bloodstream. The AQI was 390, on a scale of 500, around 3.30 p.m.
The rest was in the "very poor" zone, which comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. However, it is menacingly close to the "severe" category.
Humidity has risen from 44.3 per cent to 51 per cent while average temperature has dipped by about two degrees since November 27. Air quality in Delhi has been hovering between the "poor" and "very poor" categories but was not "severe" since November 13.
The India Meteorological Department said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture.