Delhi air pollution down before Diwali evening

Delhi air pollution,air emergency in Delhi,air pollution

Delhi air pollution,air emergency in Delhi,air pollution

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Tuesday was recorded at 320, which falls in the "very poor" category, according to data by the CPCB.

National capital territory has been witnessing pollution levels oscillating between poor to severe since last week of October.

"Even if 50% of the total load of toxic fire crackers as compared to Diwali past year is added, the prevailing weather conditions would aggravate the high smoke level and make air quality to persist in "severe" category for at least two days (8 and 9 November)", said the report.

Burning of farmlands in neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan, use of older and more polluting vehicles and unfavorable weather conditions with low-speed winds which have failed to disperse pollutants, have all contributed to this alarming situation.

Coarser and highly unsafe PM2.5 or particles with diameter less than 2.5 mm continue to dominate the pollution factor in Delhi, and are still at least four times higher than the national standards and nine times the global standards.

On Sunday, Delhiites breathed the cleanest air in three weeks, according to CPCB data.

Due to deteriorating air quality in the national capital, authorities have declared emergency measures for 10 days starting today.

An EPCA member had on Tuesday said in case of further deterioration of air quality, they are even contemplating regulating the use of private vehicles from November 1.

Air quality will be "bad" on November 8 even if "partial toxic crackers" are burned compared to a year ago, the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said. Malad and Mazgaon recorded "poor" AQI, and the remaining locations in the city recorded "moderate" air quality.

The ventilation coefficient is expected within 7000-8000 m2/s. Winds coming from north westerly direction bring influence of biomass burning pollutants in Delhi-NCR.

Delhi authorities have stepped up efforts to combat pollution which includes measures like halting construction activities and regulating traffic.

People in Delhi woke up to a thick blanket of smog spread all across the national capital early on Monday. All stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution have also been closed.

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said no leniency would be shown to those violating pollution control norms. He had also warned of legal action against those found violating the regulations. The Delhi Metro has also announced 21 additional trains on its network, which will provide an additional 812 trips to ease the commute as many people are likely to take the public transit during the period.

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