New Delhi | Jagran News Desk:  High-speed winds on Wednesday morning partially blew away the thick smog covering the national capital and its adjoining areas from the last 10 days. The influence of the winds led to the reduction in the Air Quality Index, as the pollution levels in Delhi come down to the ‘poor’ category on Wednesday morning with the AQI at 279.  

Today morning, a major pollutant PM 2.5 is at 279 and PM 10 is at 250, both in the 'poor' category in the Lodhi Road area, according to Air Quality Index (AQI) data.

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But, despite the reduction in pollution levels, a thick layer of smog continues to cover the sky near the major junction of Delhi. At India Gate, where the air quality remains in the 'Unhealthy' category this morning, the visibility was poor creating problems for the joggers and the commuters.

Meanwhile, the schools in Delhi also reopened after 5 days as the air quality in the national capital improved significantly in the morning. Taking cognizance of air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR crossed "hazardous" category, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority on Friday declared a public health emergency. School holiday for all government and public schools was also declared by the Delhi government and municipal corporations.

 

In a bid to tackle the national capital's air pollution, the Delhi government has also re-introduced the Odd-Even scheme. Today is the third day of the program and this scheme will run till November 15.

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Soon after the scheme came into force, violators driving odd-number cars on an even day were fined by the Delhi Traffic Police. Violation of the scheme will invite a fine of Rs 4,000. Two-wheelers and electric vehicles have been exempted from the restrictions, but not CNG-driven vehicles.

Women-only vehicles with children aged up to 12 years and vehicles occupied by physically-disabled persons will also be exempted.

Posted By: Talib Khan