India’s national capital records ‘very poor’ air quality ahead of festival season
29 October, 2018, 19:11
Siddharth Singh, representative from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said Delhi's air quality which has deteriorated to very poor level would continue to remain in the same condition for the next few days. Right now, the wind is coming from south, southeast and east. From November 1, it is expected to come from the northwest, that is, from Punjab and Haryana.
"One strong wind is enough for dispersion of entire pollutants load".
"Pollution would reduce in the next couple of days if the weather condition remains same".
The CPCB recorded the overall Air Quality Index of Delhi at 361 Friday evening, which falls in the "very poor" category, but not very far from the "severe" category.
The PM10 level (presence of particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres) in Delhi stood at 418, according to the CPCB data. The level of PM2.5 - tiny particulate matter that can dangerously clog lungs - was 187, more than six times higher than what the World Health Organization considers safe. Farmers in Haryana and Punjab burn their crop stubble from the end of this month to prepare their fields for the sowing of winter crops. "Starting today we need to be more careful", Narain said.
It was a misty morning in the national capital on Saturday with the minimum temperature recorded at 15.6 degrees Celsius, while the air quality dipped to "very poor". This is due to several factors: Rapid growth in the number of vehicles, with many middle-class families owning more than one auto, preference for cars running on diesel, construction in and around Delhi, and the burning of stubble, apart from open burning of waste. The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research on Saturday issued a report indicating that stubble burning caused 32% of the pollution in Delhi.
A CPCB-led task force has recommended to the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority implementation of stringent measures from November 1 to 10, predicting further deterioration in the air quality ahead of Diwali. These include ban on diesel generator sets in the capital and shutting down of the Badarpur thermal power plant.
The air quality Index of Mumbai remains in the moderate category with PM 10 at 134, SAFAR said.
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