NEW DELHI: The city's air quality deteriorated on Sunday after a sharp rise in pollutant levels. Both PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels, measured at 480 and 712 micrograms per cubic metre, respectively, were back at the "emergency" threshold of the Graded Response Action Plan.
The NGT, in its order on Saturday+ , said the odd-even car rationing system would have to be implemented every time the pollution hovered in the "emergency" category for a straight 48 hours. However, the government is first expected to file a review petition in the tribunal on Monday asking the green court to take a re-look at exemptions for both women and two-wheelers.
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The government said city schools would re-open from Monday, but the All India Parents' Association advised parents not to send their wards to schools till Wednesday.
The overall air quality remained "severe" with the AQI rising to 460 from 403 on Saturday. It is not expected to improve till Monday afternoon, following which pollution levels are expected to drop. However, the air quality is still likely to be around the "severe " range.
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