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Take an emergency decision, SC to Centre on Delhi air pollution issue

The air quality in Delhi remained in the 'severe' category on Saturday morning

20-supreme-court Supreme Court of India | Arvind Jain

The Supreme Court on Friday urged the Centre to intervene in the Delhi air pollution situation, saying it is in the 'severe' category and will dip in another two to three days. "Take an emergency decision. We will look at a long term solution later," SC said. "You have to look at this issue beyond politics and government. Something must happen so that in two to three days we feel better," the court said. The case has been posted for November 15.

The air quality in Delhi remained in the 'severe' category on Saturday morning, with the AQI being recorded at 473. The air quality index of neighbouring areas of Noida and Gurgaon was recorded at 587 and 557 respectively. The overall air quality index of Delhi was recorded at 473 at 10 am. In Delhi, the air quality index of Lodhi Road, Delhi University, IIT Delhi, Pusa Road l, and Delhi airport was recorded at 489, 466, 474 and 480 and 504 respectively, according to SAFAR.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'. Authorities on Friday had advised people to limit outdoor activities and told government and private offices to cut vehicle use by at least 30 per cent as air quality in Delhi-NCR inched towards the emergency level amid a rise in emissions from farm fires and unfavourable meteorological conditions.

Over 4,000 farm fires, accounting for 35 per cent of Delhi's pollution on Friday, played a major role in pushing the 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) to 471 by 4pm. It was 411 on Thursday.

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