A day before Diwali, Delhi`s air quality `improves` to `very poor`

A day before Diwali, Delhi`s air quality `improves` to `very poor`

A day before Diwali, Delhi`s air quality `improves` to `very poor`

Delhi's overall air quality index on Monday was recorded at 434, which falls in the "severe" category, a drastic decline from Sunday's "moderate" level at 171.

The air quality in the national capital and regions around it improved from "severe" to "very poor" on Wednesday but the environment panel imposed curbs on some industries amid forecasts that pollution may worsen.

Amid fears of plunging air quality level in India's National Capital Region (NCR), the city administrators are contemplating an "only public transport" policy from the beginning of next month to fight pollution.

The special teams comprise the local SDM as the team leader, senior official from the Ministry and representatives from CPCB, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research, or SAFAR, recorded the levels of PM10 and PM2.5 under "very poor" category.

Wazirpur, Sonia Vihar and Ashok Vihar recorded "severe" quality air while 28 other areas recorded "very poor" quality air, according to the CPCB data.

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No drastic change in pollution level is anticipated as the ground level emissions are under control due to various administrative and regulatory measures, and we are likely to have a clean Diwali.

Mr Harsh Vardhan also said that there should be no politics over pollution, as it was a serious issue.

New Delhi and its satellite cities account for the bulk of air purifier sales but they are picking up in other cities such as Mumbai and Bengaluru. "Although upper air winds where transport takes place are from stubble burning site but speed and magnitude is low and hence unlikely to impact Delhi air quality significantly", it added. The Central Pollution Control Board has also asked pollution control authorities in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab to check stubble burning, which is attributed to be a major cause for the increasing pollution levels in the city.

In October every year, air quality takes a plunge in the Indian capital of New Delhi due to the Diwali festival.

The Delhi government launched an aggressive 10-day "Clean Air Campaign" from November 1 to monitor and report polluting activities and ordered halting of construction activities and regulating vehicular traffic. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to particulate air pollution may be associated with acute heart attack. Of the total vehicular pollution, 40 per cent to 45 percent comes from two-wheelers and another 30 to 35 percent from four-wheelers.

From premature births and underweight babies to a flare-up in arthritis to increased risk of stroke, Delhi tops national charts in bad air quality.

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