New Delhi, June 14: As Delhi gasps for breath amidst dust storms, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday ordered stoppage of all civil construction activities till June 17 as part of emergency measures to bring down the severe dust pollution. The emergency measure was implemented as the air quality remained “severe” on the third consecutive day.

In a tweet, the Lieutenant Governor said, “Held emergency meeting in view of severe dust pollution in Delhi with Hon Min @ImranHussaain & officials. Emergency measures like stoppage of all civil construction activities till 17th June. More monitoring by agencies like NHAI, DMRC, MCDs, PWD & NBCC etc. for ensuring compliance (sic).”

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the quality of air deteriorated as dust storms in western India, especially Rajasthan, increased the coarser particles in the air. An air quality index of 0-50 is considered “Good”, 51-100 is “Satisfactory”, 101-200 is “Moderate”, 201-300 is “Poor”, 301-400 is “Very Poor”, and 401-500 “Severe”.

In Delhi, the air quality index (AQI) was beyond the 500-mark at many places, with east Delhi’s Anand Vihar area recording a PM10 level (particles with a diameter less than 10mm) of 929 and PM2.5 level of 301, stated the CPCB. The PM10 level stood at 796 in Delhi-NCR and 830 in Delhi on Thursday.


Doctors on Thursday strongly recommended wearing masks and staying indoors as the air quality in the National Capital Region (NCR) suddenly deteriorated to severe levels.”For people with respiratory conditions like asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD) or emphysema even small increases in dust concentration can make their symptoms worse,” said R.K. Singal, principal consultant and director, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.