Children are suffocating due to air pollution in Delhi. (File Photo)
Rising pollution in the national capital Delhi has once again raised the concerns of the people. The fog has affected visibility in Delhi and visibility has reduced in many areas. Actually, the air quality in Delhi remained in the ‘very poor’ category. With the rise in pollution levels, the air quality crossed the 500 mark in some parts of Delhi NCR. The air quality (AQI) has reached the ‘very poor’ category in several cities of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
The ever-increasing pollution level in the cities of NCR is raising concerns. Most of the cities in the country are included in the list of most polluted cities from Delhi-NCR. Among them, Greater Noida of Uttar Pradesh is on top. In Greater Noida and Ghaziabad adjoining Delhi, the air quality index has crossed 400, while in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, the AQI is beyond 500, with the air quality deteriorating, which falls in the hazardous category. According to the data of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality index in Delhi stood at 244. While the AQI of Ballabhgarh was recorded at 271. AQI in Faridabad remains around 250.
Earlier on Thursday, the air quality in the national capital was recorded in the ‘moderate’ category. But due to increasing incidents of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, it is expected to decline in the next two days. AQI between 0 and 50 as ‘good’, AQI between 51 and 100 as ‘satisfactory’, between 101 and 200 as ‘moderate’, between 201 and 300 as ‘poor’, between 301 and 400 as ‘very poor’, An AQI between 401 and 500 is considered to be in the ‘severe’ category.
Less incidents of stubble burning
Incidents of stubble burning have reduced significantly this year in eight districts of the National Capital Region located in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. A total of 1,795 incidents of stubble burning have been registered this month, which is less than 4,854 incidents in the same period last year. The Air Quality Commission of the Center gave this information on Friday. The Air Quality Management Commission in the National Capital Region and its adjoining areas said that according to a report based on the protocol prepared by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the incidence of paddy residue burning during a month was 64.49 percent in Punjab, 18.28 in Haryana. percent and has decreased by 47.61 percent in eight NCR districts of Uttar Pradesh.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday appealed to Delhiites to help reduce pollution in the city and asked them not to use private vehicles for at least one day in a week. He said that due to farmers of adjoining states starting stubble burning, air pollution has started increasing in Delhi for the last three-four days. Along with this, the Graded Response Action Plan has been implemented in NCR to deal with air pollution in Delhi from Friday. Under this plan, to control the polluting activities, instructions have been issued to keep a close watch on those doing so in NCR. A meeting will be held next week and a decision will be taken regarding the new provisions.
Danger will increase in November
The incidence of stubble will be highest in the first week of November. In such a situation, there is a danger of increasing pollution rapidly in the coming days in Delhi. The number of stubble burning increases rapidly in the first week of November, which is expected to increase to 3,000-4,000 per day. According to data analysis, people in the national capital breathe the ‘worst’ air every year between November 1 and 15. The average PM2.5 level of the national capital ranges between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ category between October 16 and February 15. At the same time, between November 1 and November 15, the PM2.5 concentration averages 285 micrograms per cubic meter.
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