Delhi’s air quality improves but authorities warn pollution may increase

22 Octubre, 2018, 21:34 | Author: Arnold Perez
  • Delhi's Air is Toxic Once Again as Stubble Burning Begins

The air quality was recorded at PM 10 level at 267 and PM 2.5 level at 226, both in "Poor" category on Air Quality Index (AQI), at Lodhi Road.

Anand Vihar, Mundaka, Narela, Dwarka Sector 8, Nehru Nagar and Rohini all showed "very poor" air quality and are inching towards severe pollution levels, it said.

But he warned that the air quality would worsen in the next couple of days, especially the PM2.5 level which is expected to deteriorate to risky levels.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the air quality had deteriorated to the "very poor" category, alarming authorities who were planning to roll out more stringent measures to combat pollution.

The air quality temporarily improved on Friday after rainfall, but it worsened again.

An official warned that the PM2.5 was reaching risky levels.

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The Supreme Court appointed Environment Protection Control Authority (EPCA) on Friday held a meeting with Punjab, Haryana and Delhi government officials to discuss the pollution situation in the national capital.

An EPCA member said the meeting took stock of the situation and it was decided that special attention would be given to vulnerable hotspots in the city where poor or very poor air quality is observed.

The PM2.5 (presence of particles in air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) touched a new high at 167.

Delhi's air quality remained in the "very poor" category for the second consecutive day Sunday even as authorities warned that it may further deteriorate in the next couple of days.

Along with all the above factors, vehicular pollution, construction activities and meteorological factors like direction of wind, which is now flowing from the stubble burning areas are also causing major air pollution in the capital city.

"The timing is such that India is likely to face increased criticism as pollution levels are going to increase from here with stubble fires in Haryana and Punjab as farmers get ready to sow winter crops and a possible firecracker spurt on Diwali", an official said.

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