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Delhi Struggles With Thick Smog Post Diwali

The Supreme Court had limited the time for bursting crackers between 8-10 p.m. on Diwali, but people started just after sunset around 6 p.m. and continued well after 10 p.m. mark.

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Delhi air quality continues to be 'very poor'. VOA

The capital’s citizens on Thursday struggled to breathe better air as pollution levels spiked across the city after Diwali, touching the “very poor” category.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) region at noon was 361.

On Wednesday, Delhi’s air quality oscillated between “poor” and “very poor” categories. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the AQI was 283 making it ‘poor’.

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A bird flies past the Humayun’s Tomb shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

On Thursday afternoon, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) recorded the AQI in Delhi at 554.

“Air quality index entered ‘severe’ category at 2 a.m on November 8 and will continue to remain so until evening,” the SAFAR report said.

A smoke layer was formed over Delhi and the National Capital Region after 1 a.m. bringing down inversion layer and trapping pollutants rapidly,” it said.

Surface winds have continued to play a major role, it said, as it was calm (2.1 kmph) on Thursday afternoon, so pollution levels were expected to build-up rapidly due to the stagnation.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

“The contribution of stubble fire appears to be marginal so far,” SAFAR stated.

It said the particulate matters PM2.5 and PM10 in Delhi-NCR was 450 and 578, respectively.

In its earlier report SAFAR warned that compared to last year, even if half the amount of firecrackers were burst this Diwali, the region’s air quality was likely to go to up to “emergency” levels for two days with a spike in PM2.5 levels.

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Despite the Supreme Courts directives, Delhi-NCR burst firecrackers on Diwali well past the 10 p.m. deadline that showed the AQI at a slightly improved level over last year.

The Supreme Court had limited the time for bursting crackers between 8-10 p.m. on Diwali, but people started just after sunset around 6 p.m. and continued well after 10 p.m. mark. (IANS)

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India Gets Assistance of Rs 3,420 Crore From Japan

The project for the construction of Chennai road aims to meet increasing traffic demands in the metropolitan area and installing Intelligent Transport Systems,

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Japan will be giving a loan of Rs 3,420 crore to India to assist in constructing the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road and for joint efforts towards meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The loan agreements were signed here today (Friday) between the Government of India and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), New Delhi under Japanese Official Development Assistance Loan Program,” the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.

The Japanese ODA loan is for construction of phase one of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road for about Rs 2,470 crore and for Japan-India cooperative actions towards SDGs in India for about Rs 950 crore.

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The Japanese ODA loan is for construction of phase one of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road for about Rs 2,470 crore and for Japan-India cooperative actions towards SDGs in India for about Rs 950 crore. www.trafficchallan.co.in

The agreements were signed by Finance Ministry Additional Secretary C.S. Mohapatra and JICA New Delhi Chief Representative Katsuo Matsumoto, the Ministry said.

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The project for the construction of Chennai road aims to meet increasing traffic demands in the metropolitan area and installing Intelligent Transport Systems, thereby contributing to mitigation of traffic congestion and promoting Regional Economic Development.

The other program aims to promote SDGs in India, mainly in social development, by supporting the efforts by the Indian government to strengthen the policy framework and implementation mechanism, thereby supporting India in achieving SDGs by 2030, it added.(IANS)