New Delhi: People in Delhi and its nearby areas Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad woke up today to a thick blanket of smog covering the region as the AQI plunged to the "very poor" category.
It is believed that the crop residue burning in the nearby states of Punjab and Haryana are contributing to polluting the air. At around 8:30 am, the overall AQI in Delhi docked up at 309.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has shared an image from NASA showing large scale stubble burning in adjoining states. Sharing the images, the Delhi government said: "The latest image from NASA shows large scale crop residue burning in states surrounding Delhi."
The image showed stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, along with other areas.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government has been blaming the severe air pollution in Delhi on these stubble burning activity.
From the past one week, the air quality of the national capital has seen constantly decreasing. The smog level will rise, particularly following the Diwali festival. The situation may begin to worsen during the fourth week of October, when stubble burning picks up in the neighboring states and decreasing day temperatures favour the accumulation of pollutants in the air.
In order to combat high levels of air pollution in winters, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam has announced implementation of the odd-even scheme in Delhi from November 4-15. The odd-even scheme involves plying of vehicles on alternate days as per the last odd or even digit of their registration numbers.