Delhi government orders closure of 417 polluting units as air pollution reaches alarming levels

Government in Delhi has orders the closure of as many as 417 polluting units due to air quality deteriorated further in Delhi on Monday.
During a meeting held on Monday, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal directed the authorities to shut down at least 113 polluting industries, including 67 in highly-polluted Bawana and Narela, for not converting to piped natural gas.
The decision in this regard was taken after pollution levels were recorded at the alarming levels in Delhi and predicted to soon come under the ”severe ” category.
The meeting was attended by Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain and Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) Chairman Bhure Lal, among others.
During the meeting, Delhi Pollution Control Committee officials informed that they have deputed environment marshals for night patrolling in several pollution hotspots including Bawana, Narela, Mundka, Nangloi, Punjabi Bagh, Dwarka, Anand Vihar, Bhalaswa and Ghazipur.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was at 367 points on Monday against 366 on Sunday and in “very poor” category.
The AQI for Ghaziabad was worst in the entire NCR at 430 points, a rise of 15 points in 24 hours, and remains in the “severe” category. It was most polluted also in terms of PM2.5 at 347 units.
In Gurugram, the AQI was 389 or “very poor” against 403 or “severe” on Sunday.
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