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Parliamentary panel to meet after Diwali on polltution in Delhi-NCR

Diwali is still in the offing, ‘Parali’ still has not been lighted in adjoining Haryana and Punjab, and yet the air quality levels in Delhi-NCR continued to remain in the ‘Poor’ category in October.

New Delhi: Diwali is still in the offing, ‘Parali’ still has not been lighted in adjoining Haryana and Punjab, and yet the air quality levels in Delhi-NCR continued to remain in the ‘Poor’ category in October. The Parliamentary Standing Committee for Urban Development (UD) will hold a special meeting with officials of the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh along with those of other ministries and authorities concerned to take stalk of polltuion level after Diwali.

The committee, which is headed by Jagdambika Pal, is expected to meet post-Diwali. “Parliamentary standing committee for Urban Development has decided to call officials of the forest department including urban development, MCD, NDMC, PWD, CPWD of the Delhi government. Guidelines including preparedness will be discussed on serious issues like pollution,” a committee member said. 

“Officials from municipalities and authorities of Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Faridabad are likely to be part of the meeting. The Standing Committee Secretariat is planning to set up a meeting soon after Diwali, but the date is yet to be finalised,” the member added.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi on Sunday touched 289, which falls under ‘Poor’ category. As per government agencies, an AQI within the range of 0-5 is regarded as ‘good’, 51-100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 is ‘moderate’, 201-300 is ‘poor’ and 301-400 is ‘very poor’ and 401-500 is considered ‘severe’. 

first published:Nov. 1, 2021, 6:18 p.m.

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