Smog Alert in India

Why no smog alert, EPCA asks city govt

Date of Release: 
Nov 5 2015

New Delhi: Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Wednesday asked the Delhi environment secretary, Ashwani Kumar, why a smog alert has not been issued despite the air quality deteriorating severely in the last three days.

EPCA member Sunita Narain asked why emergency measures like closing schools and guidelines for preventing exposure are not being issued. "We want to know what emergency action will you take?" she asked. When the levels of PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) reaches 250 micrograms per cubic metre, its considered critical.

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