Roughly 21,000 firefighters have been deployed to contain the fire, however, the forest services face 'critical resource limitations'.
Replying on the bill, Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said,'We will be accountable to Parliament through this bill (on the issue of air pollution). It is the responsibility of central government to deal with air pollution.'
The city's air quality index (AQI) was 381 at 9 am. The 24-hour average was 367 on Tuesday. It was 318 on Monday and 268 on Sunday.
The city also recorded nine 'severe' air days this November, the maximum number in the month in four years.
A change in the wind direction has also increased the share of stubble burning in the city's pollution slightly.
The city's 24-hour average AQI was 435 on Sunday and 414 on Saturday.
A layer of haze lingered over Delhi-NCR at night as people continued bursting firecrackers despite a ban.
Stubble burning and calm winds adding to the worsening condition, say weather officials
Many doctors had cautioned that pollution coupled with the ongoing pandemic, could make matters worse for people with lung or breathing-related complications.
The national capital's air quality is unlikely to improve with farm fires, slow wind speed, and festive season ahead.
Experts said unfavourable meteorological conditions – calm winds and low temperatures – and smoke from farm fires in neighbouring states pushed the air quality index to the “severe” zone
As the skies hung heavy and acrid over the region, people complained of itchy throat and watery eyes.
‘Unusually high’ instances of farm fires in Haryana and UP have had an adverse impact on Delhi’s air quality, officials say.
Centre’s plan for legislation to deal with air pollution, including stubble burning, prompts move.
Areas like Mundka, Anand Vihar, Jahangirpuri and Vivek Vihar in Delhi-NCR, recorded "severe" levels of air pollution, authorities said.
Ten monitoring stations in Delhi entered the 'severe' zone.
Pollution levels increased in Delhi on Thursday, with the city’s air quality slipping into the ‘very poor’ category.
Polluted Air is the largest risk factor for death among all health risks, says the annual State of Global Air 2020 report
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