Delhi's air quality improves to 'severe'

08 November, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Ann Santiago
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Malad and Mazgaon recorded "poor" AQI, and the remaining locations in the city recorded "moderate" air quality. The Air Quality Index (AQI) around Mandir Marg recorded PM 10 levels at 707 and PM 2.5 at 663.

The SAFAR said Delhi's air quality is expected to deteriorate to "severe plus emergency" category after Diwali and the air quality "will be bad on November 8 even if partial toxic crackers are burned compared to last year". Authorities have warned of a spike in the pollution levels after Diwali on Wednesday even if "partially toxic crackers" are burnt compared to previous year. Come Diwali, the air pollution levels are already predicted to hit the sky. On Monday, the index had turned "severe" in Delhi, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, and "very poor" in nearby Gurugram and Hapur.

To address the air pollution situation, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said it was mulling inducing artificial rain over the city after Diwali to wash away hazardous pollutants plaguing the national capital.

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On Monday, the AQI was recorded at 434 which falls in the "severe" category and was the highest of the season.

The condition is expected to prevail till Diwali, however, it may improve if no additional emission from firecracker adds to the Delhi's air, said the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). Delhi's air quality is expected to deteriorate to "severe plus emergency" category after Diwali, SAFAR said. "The increase in PM2.5 concentration is due to change in wind direction, decrease in wind speeds and contribution from biomass burning", it said.

According to the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for the National Capital Region (EPCA), the overall PM10 level in Delhi on Tuesday by the latest measure was 353 and the PM2.5 level was 225, both of which fall in the "very poor" category.

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Warning that the Diwali day is expected to be polluted, weather analysts say that while now the polluting north-westerly winds are blowing higher at 5,000 meters, bringing a temporary relif to the region, the particles will start settling down, adding to pollution on Diwali. "However, if there is negligible fireworks, it will keep AQI in upper level of "very poor", said the forecast by scientists from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.

Shamika Ravi, a members of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, tweeted today: 'Haven't heard a single firecracker in Delhi, yet the air purifiers are blazing red - showing unsafe levels of pollution.

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