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Business News/ News / India/  Delhi, NCR air pollution: Thick, toxic smog shrouds city, nearby areas; air quality dips into 'critical' category
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Delhi, NCR air pollution: Thick, toxic smog shrouds city, nearby areas; air quality dips into 'critical' category

Delhi's overall air quality remains in 'critical' category with an AQI of 471, while specific areas record even higher levels of pollution.

Thick layer of smog on Kartavya Path as Delhi's air quality remains very poor, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, November 5, 2023. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)Premium
Thick layer of smog on Kartavya Path as Delhi's air quality remains very poor, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, November 5, 2023. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)

The overall air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the 'critical' category on Monday morning, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)-India.

As per SAFAR data at 7 a.m., the overall air quality in the national capital Delhi (Overall) stood in the 'critical' category with an AQI of 471.

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AQI in Delhi University recorded an AQI of 473, while the airport at Terminal 3 noted an AQI of 559, Noida at 616, IIT Delhi at 517, and Gurugram at 516, all in the 'critical' range, as per SAFAR data at 7 am.

Areas like Pusa and Lodhi Road recorded AQI levels of 407 and 450, respectively, both categorized as ‘severe’ category. As per Central Pollution Control Board data, AQI recorded at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium was 409.

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Nevertheless, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) displayed an “Insufficient data for computing AQI" for Anand Vihar's AQI.

Unfavourable weather conditions, coupled with factors like vehicle emissions, the burning of paddy straw, firecrackers, and various local sources of pollution, collectively contribute to the annual winter air quality crisis in Delhi-NCR, PTI reported.

As per an analysis conducted by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), the capital witnessed the highest levels of pollution between November 1 and November 15, coinciding with the spike in stubble-burning incidents in Punjab and Haryana.

Also Read: Stubble Burning: Farm fires down by 56% in Punjab, but Delhi continues to feel the impact

As reported by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi, a record-high number of 4,160 farm fires were recorded in northern India on Sunday, marking the highest count for this season.

The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), a legally mandated institution tasked with developing plans to address pollution issues in the area, has requested Delhi and the states in the National Capital Region (NCR) to implement a ban on construction activities associated with linear public projects and enable 50 per cent of government and private office employees to work remotely.

As per reports from authorities, the Transport Department has dispatched 18 teams to ensure compliance with the imposed restrictions.

“We will deploy four to five more teams to enforce the fresh restrictions. The department has a total of 114 enforcement teams," PTI reported citing an official.

Also Read: Air pollution news: Delhi's air remains 'severe' for 3rd straight day; AQI at 416

In an attempt to protect young children from the harmful effects of pollution, the Delhi government has made the decision to shut down all primary schools for a period of two days.

It's important to note that the air pollution issue extends beyond Delhi's borders, affecting numerous cities in neighbouring regions such as Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh, where hazardous air quality conditions have been reported.

Neighbouring Ghaziabad (489), Gurugram (416), Noida (452), Greater Noida (450) and Faridabad (442) also reported hazardous air quality.

Also Read: Shashi Tharoor's social media post on Delhi air pollution is full of puns: 'Haze Khas', 'Chandni Choke'

PM2.5, which consists of fine particulate matter capable of infiltrating the respiratory system and causing health issues, was found to exceed the government-mandated safe threshold of 60 micrograms per cubic meter by a factor of seven to eight in various locations across Delhi-NCR.

Additionally, it was recorded at levels 30 to 40 times higher than the recommended limit of 15 micrograms per cubic meter established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published: 06 Nov 2023, 07:37 AM IST
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