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Light rain improves Delhi air

18 November 2017

The Air Quality Atlas provides information on the geographical and sectoral sources of air pollution for the 150 biggest cities in Europe, providing information on the pollutant emissions and their origins, transport, agriculture, industry and residential heating.

So far, 49 trains have been delayed, 14 have been rescheduled and one cancelled due to pollution.

The continued hovering of smog over the national capital and adjoining areas is primarily being attributed farmers burning stubble of the previous crop so that they can plant new crop in November and December. The schools are also shut down temporarily due to smog and pollution.

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"While PM10 levels have dropped to moderate category, PM2.5 levels were still in the very poor category", D Saha, the head of the Air Moderating Lab had commented.

The menace also forced authorities to take emergency measures such as banning construction activities and brick kilns in the National Capital Region.

Summary: Air quality in and around Delhi has improved a bit after rain lashed the city on Friday and early in the morning today.

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Delhiites managed to breathe easy on Friday after weeks of severe air pollution.

The Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the ministry was regularly looking at the issue of air pollution control in the city.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, the levels of particulate matter went down, as compared to yesterday.

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Light rain improves Delhi air