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Should a Test match be played at severely polluted Delhi?

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Team Sri Lanka warming up during day four of the 3rd Test match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on December 5

NGT slams authorities for holding India-Sri Lanka Test despite smog.

The green tribunal gave the Aam Aadmi Party-government 48 hours to let it know what pollution control measures were being taken.

- Air pollution is not just a Delhi issue, and despite a lack of ground-monitoring data, air pollution is widespread. As per the reports, in their action plan, Delhi Government told NGT that Odd-even will be implemented without exemptions if the pollution level touches the sever category.

I think the ICC and the BCCI should now look into the matter and try to frame concise guidelines on the lowest level of air quality required for a game to be played.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar took exception over the failure of the AAP government in filing the report despite its specific order. Yesterday, Sri Lankan cricketers took to the field here wearing anti-pollution masks. During the hearing, the Delhi government said it needed more time to file the action-plan as the chief secretary and environment secretary have recently been changed. PM2.5 and PM10, reached levels as high as 276 and 455 micrograms per cubic metre by 3 p.m., according to the Central Control Room for Air Quality Management of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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"The India Meteorological Department (IMD) will do overnight monitoring of the pollution levels and inform EPCA in the morning", said Shambahvi Shukla, also a researcher at CSE and member of the EPCA.

The rest was in the "very poor" zone, which comes with the warning that people may develop respiratory illness on prolonged exposure.

Under "severe" category of EPCA, coal-based Badarpur power plant (in Delhi), stone crushers, brick kilns and hotmix plants (across NCR) are closed, while public transport and mechanised sweeping is intensified. The humidity levels oscillated between 39 and 94 per cent.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered Good, 51-100 Satisfactory, 101-200 Moderate, 201-300 Poor, 301-400 Very Poor, and 401-500 Severe. The weather will remain cloudy on Tuesday, said the weather forecast.

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