Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

New Delhi under cloud of smog as pollution level jumps

New Delhi under cloud of smog as pollution level jumps

The central government's System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) advised people to avoid all outdoor physical activities and those with asthma to keep relief medication handy.

On Tuesday, the PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) level was recorded at 243 while the PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres) was recorded at 372 in Delhi. The overall AQI was recorded at 434 that falls in the "severe" category.

Twenty-eight areas in the city recorded "poor" air quality, six recorded "very poor" quality, while two others recorded "moderate" air quality, PTI reported.

Air pollution in Delhi and nearby states increases particularly due to burning of paddy straw during October and November and wheat straw during April in Punjab and Haryana.

The SAFAR has forecasted worse quality air for Wednesday evening and Thursday.

Winds coming from the north-west direction is bringing the influence of biomass burning to Delhi-NCR which may continue up till Wednesday morning, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said.

"The highest levels of PM10 and PM2.5 are expected between 11pm and 3am on the night of 7-8 November".

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Delhi may also see pollution response measure under "severe-plus" category that include parking fee hike, odd-even vehicle rationing scheme and ban on entry of trucks into Delhi.

The teams comprise the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) as the team leader, senior official from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and representatives from the CPCB, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

Authority for the National Capital Region (NCR) or EPCA, a body appointed by the Supreme Court, has issued an advisory today, in which it has warned that pollution levels in Delhi-NCR would be "severe" in the next week.

Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Monday experienced the first smog of the season with air pollutants going up many folds higher than the permissible limits and the air quality falling under the "severe-plus" or "emergency" category.

The early onset of winter's cool and foggy weather coupled with pollution created by fireworks during Diwali and ongoing high levels of pollution have triggered this situation, experts say.

With Delhi's air quality expected to deteriorate further post Diwali, several schools have started taking precautionary measures.

Harsh Vardhan on air pollution increasing at an alarming rate in Delhi. According to the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board, AQI is a rating scale ranging from 0 to 500+ used for reporting the quality of air we breathe in and the associated health effects.

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