Delhi temperature dips as air quality continues to be toxic

Delhi temperature dips as air quality continues to be toxic

In October and November, there are 20-25 days when the pollution level increases in Delhi because of stubble burning (in neighbouring states).

The air quality levels have worsened in the national capital region for the fourth consecutive day and the alarming situation could prompt the return of the odd-even auto scheme.

"The Delhi BJP again demands that the Kejriwal-led government give priority to pollution control and call a special session and an All Party Meeting for taking appropriate steps to better air quality", Mr. Tiwari said.

According to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), the air quality is likely to improve as weather conditions like the wind speed and the ventilation index are marginally favourable for dispersion of pollutants.

Many areas in the capital recorded Particulate Matter (PM) 10 levels way beyond the safe standard. An Air Quality Index 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".

"The overall air quality in Delhi is severe", System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said in its daily pollution analysis.

In a letter to Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev, Lal had also directed him to ban all construction activities in the national capital, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Noida till Wednesday.

According to CPCB data, eight areas recorded severe pollution, while 26 areas witnessed "very poor" air quality.

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"Concerned police department to strictly ensure that non-destined heavy duty vehicles travel through eastern and western peripheral expressways", the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority said.

The agencies have also been asked to ensure strict action against illegal industries, intensify ground action and make all efforts to control polluting activities, particularly waste burning.

In a health advisory, SAFAR asked Delhiites not to rely on common dust masks for protection.

Delhi's air quality turned "severe" on Saturday.

According to experts, when the air pollution is "severe", even healthy people find it hard to breathe and doctors advise physical activity to be kept at a minimum.

Wind speed and other meteorological factors have made the situation "highly unfavourable".

It added that AQI will go back to poor by tonight for three days.

Vertical mixing in the room that is available for pollutants to disperse.

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