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New Delhi : Union Minister for Environment Forest and Climate Change, Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, on November 14, 2017, said that due to pollution control measures and slight improvement in weather conditions, the declining trend in Particulate Matter (PM) levels which started in the afternoon of November 12, continued on even November 14 and Delhi and NCR have now moved from emergency level to severe category of PM levels.

Appreciating the discipline shown by the public in general, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that this had largely been achieved due to efforts of various government agencies and public participation based on voluntary actions. He said that the IMD has predicted that weather conditions are likely to become more favourable for dispersal of pollutants over next 2-3 days and hence air quality is expected to improve further. At the Task Force Meeting held at CPCB on November 13, the measures taken by the SPCBs were reviewed and they were requested to intensify the action against violators especially in industrial and the construction sectors, added Dr Harsh Vardhan.

“At this juncture, while all government agencies have to maintain highest level of alertness and continue intense efforts at checking pollution, I would like to appeal to all citizens in Delhi & NCR to continue the good work and help us with achieving better levels of air quality,” added Dr Harsh Vardhan, according toa PIB release.

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