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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday asked the Centre Pollution Control Board and Delhi Pollution Control Committee to take steps to curb pollution. The NGT was hearing a case related to the deteriorating quality of air in Delhi which has been designated as being in the ‘severe’ category post Diwali.

The next date of hearing in the matter has been fixed for November 8.

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Taking suo motu cognisance of the matter, the tribunal on Thursday had directed Delhi Chief Secretary KK Sharma to hold a meeting urgently with all the concerned authorities. The chief secretary was told to file a status report by Friday.

For the past three days, Delhiites have been inhaling copious amounts of particulate matter (PM) – both 2.5 micrometers and 10 micrometers – composed of dust, dirt, smoke, chemicals, etc., a deadly combination which enters the blood stream through one’s lungs and causes cancer.

As per System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), levels of Particulate Matter (PM) 10 levels reached a record 500 mark on Wednesday.

The city witnessed low visibility and smog throughout Wednesday evening and night. The reasons for this are a drop in wind speed and rise in humidity in the atmosphere. Such severe pollution levels can cause breathing problems, lung and heart diseases among many other ailments.