Air quality in delhi remains poor, may deteriorate further

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 22, 2018

On Wednesday and Thursday, the air quality had deteriorated to the "very poor" category, alarming authorities who were planning to roll out more stringent measures to combat pollution. The air quality was recorded at PM 10 level at 267 and PM 2.5 level at 226, both in "Poor" category on Air Quality Index (AQI), at Lodhi Road.

An EPCA member said the meeting took stock of the situation and it was decided that special attention would be given to vulnerable hotspots in the city where poor or very poor air quality is observed.

Anand Vihar, Mundaka, Narela, Dwarka Sector 8, Nehru Nagar and Rohini all showed "very poor" air quality.

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".

But he warned that the air quality would worsen in the next couple of days, especially the PM2.5 level which is expected to deteriorate to unsafe levels. India may have to face flak at the global stage with the further dipping of air quality in Delhi and northern region this weekend, sources said.

Relentless crop burning in the neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana and millions of fireworks expected to go off during the Diwali festival, will only push air pollution to risky levels. The PM2.5, also called "fine particulates", can be a matter of more serious health concern than PM10.

Along with all the above factors, vehicular pollution, construction activities and meteorological factors like direction of wind, which is now flowing from the stubble burning areas are also causing major air pollution in the capital city.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday warned that Delhi will become a "gas chamber soon" as the Centre, Punjab and Haryana governments did "absolutely nothing" for farmers involved in stubble burning.

"V sad that Central, Punjab and Haryana Govts did absolutely nothing for the farmers". Farmers have not been given subsidy.

As of now, there are a few new initiatives that the central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working on, but even they need to overcome the damage already done and parry the fast growth that the country is facing right now.

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