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Business News/ News / India/  Delhi: As pollution peaks, govt deploys 114 tankers to settle dust by sprinkling water
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Delhi: As pollution peaks, govt deploys 114 tankers to settle dust by sprinkling water

The move came as the national Delhi's Air Quality Index (AQI) continued to remain in the 'severe' category following Diwali

Workers spray water to curb air pollution in Delhi, as a thick layer of smog engulfs the national capital following Diwali (PTI)Premium
Workers spray water to curb air pollution in Delhi, as a thick layer of smog engulfs the national capital following Diwali (PTI)

The Delhi government on Saturday deployed 114 water tankers to sprinkle water across the city and settle dust, which is one of the major contributors to air pollution.

The move came as the national capital's Air Quality Index (AQI) continued to remain in the “severe" category following Diwali. 

State environment minister Gopal Rai flagged off the water tankers, terming it an "emergency measure" to help people.

"Last month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had launched an action plan that is being implemented across the city. Along with the people of Delhi, we are running the campaign to check the local source of air pollution in the city -- be it dust, vehicle or biomass pollution," Rai said. 

The minister further went on to blame firecrackers and stubble burning for adding to the air pollution in the city. 

"Even today, incidents of stubble burning are increasing. Yesterday, about 3,500 incidents were recorded and today, it is more than 4,000. All this is impacting Delhi's air. As an emergency measure and to help people, we are sprinkling water from the tankers. We have even installed smog guns," the Aam Aadmi Party leader said.

Rai on Friday accused the BJP for defying the firecracker ban, alleging that the saffron party made them burst crackers on purpose.

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee also shut down 92 construction and demolition projects across the city on Friday for flouting dust control norms.

Worst AQI in five years 

The national capital saw the average 24-hour AQI on Friday resting at 462, the worst in five years the day after Diwali, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) the day after Diwali was 435 last year, 368 in 2019; 390 in 2018; 403 in 2017 and 445 in 2016. The AQI was 382 on Diwali day this year, 414 in 2020; 337 in 2019; 281 in 2018; 319 in 2017 and 431 in 2016. 

The neighbouring cities of Faridabad (469), Greater Noida (464), Ghaziabad (470), Gurgaon (472) and Noida (475) also recorded 'severe' air pollution levels.

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Published: 06 Nov 2021, 02:37 PM IST
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