Delhi Air Pollution: National Capital's Air Quality Improves to 'Severe'

Delhi Air Pollution: National Capital's Air Quality Improves to 'Severe'

Delhi Air Pollution: National Capital's Air Quality Improves to 'Severe'

"Even if 50% of the total load of toxic fire crackers as compared to Diwali a year ago 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.

They also delivered a letter to Satyendra Kumar, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change demanding faster implementation of the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) with time-bound targeted pollution reduction plans.

In Delhi-NCR, the PM2.5 was recorded 186 and PM10 was recorded at 319, the CPCB data said.

"The moisture intrusion over Delhi and surrounding regions due to the westerlies disturbances will increase with effect from November 4 to enhanced holding capacity of atmosphere resulting in increase in PM2.5 levels", the SAFAR website said.

"The prevailing meteorological conditions are less favorable for dispersal of pollutants for next two days due to low wind speed across the northern region", Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director at System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) told the media.

The overall air quality index of Delhi on Wednesday was recorded at 366 by the CPCB.

Air quality will be "bad" on Thursday, 8 November - a day after Diwali - even if "partial toxic crackers" are used as compared to a year ago, SAFAR said.

The Supreme Court had limited the time for bursting crackers between 8-10 p.m. on Diwali, but people started bursting crackers soon after sunset around 6 p.m. and continued well after 10 p.m. In west Delhi, eight cases were registered and eight persons were arrested.

Since of one the main problems in Delhi is its burgeoning traffic, it has also been advised that the Delhi traffic police launch a special drive for lane driving.

However, if crackers are burst, despite strict orders in place, the air quality may deteriorate and fall under 'severe category'. The air quality is poor and prominent pollutants are PM 2.5 and PM 10. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium recorded PM 10 levels at 681 and 676 respectively.

The national capital and the areas around experienced the first smog episode of this season as the city turned into gas chamber a day ahead of Diwali with air quality placed in "emergency" or "beyond-severe" category.

Children, the elderly and those with respiratory ailments like asthma suffer the most from Delhi's hazardous smog, which does not lift until around late February.

Ban on construction and excavation (digging) activities.

"Early morning winds picked up, which came as respite and dispersed particles rapidly and pulled back air quality towards very poor range", the official said.

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