Delhi chokes as air quality deteriorates further

29 October, 2018, 08:23 | Author: Tara Reeves
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The government's Central Pollution Control Board on Friday said New Delhi's air quality had plummeted to the worst possible category.

Friday's maximum temperature settled at 30.4 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 15.8 degrees Celsius, both one notch below the season's average.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) monitoring station, the major effluent PM2.5 or particles with diameter less than 2.5mm was 1,515 microgrammes per cubic metres at 10 a.m., which dropped to 1,295 units by 3 p.m. and 1,290 units by 6 p.m.in Faridabad.

The measures include halt of all construction activities involving excavation, civil construction, stone crushers and hot mix plants in Delhi & other NCR during 1 and 10 November.

Among the most polluted regions in Delhi were Dwarka, Anand Vihar, Rohini, Mundaka, Bawana, Mathura Raod, Delhi Technical University, Jahangirpuri, Narela, Nehru Nagar, Delhi University North Campus, Punjabi Bagh, R.K. Puram, Sonia Vihar, Vivek Vihar and Wazirpur.

Avoiding outdoor exercises and minimal use of private vehicles are some of the measures the CPCB-led task force has suggested for implementation in Delhi-NCR during the first 10 days of November as the air quality is likely to deteriorate further owing to localised emissions around festivals and stubble burning in neighbouring states.

It also recommended intensifying efforts of transport department to check polluting vehicles and controlling traffic congestion. The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research on Saturday issued a report indicating that stubble burning caused 32% of the pollution in Delhi.

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Health experts with the task force have also recommended encouraging people to avoid prolonged exposure during the period to avoid health issues.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe".

Stubble-burning in Delhi's neighbouring Punjab and Haryana is now contributing to 20-30 per cent of the Capital's overall air-pollution, at a time when winds over Delhi are calm, officials said.

A thick smog engulfed the national capital as authorities said the situation may further deteriorate next month during the festival. The level of PM2.5, tiny particulate matter that can dangerously clog lungs, read 187, more than six times higher than the World Health Organisation considers safe.

"Weather conditions are projected to become adverse from November 1", warned the India Meteorological Department.

It also recommended people go for shorter walks instead of jogs, keeping windows closed, and wearing masks while stepping outside.

"Punjab is not liable for pollution in Delhi".

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