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Delhi’s air quality on brink of turning severe

The overall air quality index of Delhi was recorded at 392, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category and is just eight points from turning severe.

On Tuesday, Delhi’s air quality slipped to severe category, prompting authorities to issue a slew of directions including ban on construction activities along with halting operations of industries using coal and biomass as fuel between November 1 and 10.

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said the prevailing meteorological conditions are less favourable for dispersal of pollutants for the next two days due to low wind speed.

Moreover, authorities said that due to pollutants caused by biomass burning in the adjoining regions of Delhi and unfavorable meteorological conditions, the air quality is likely to remain in the ‘very poor’ category on Thursday and Friday.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data PM10 level in Delhi stood at 425.

Meanwhile the Uttar Pradesh government has asked the state’s western districts, in and around the National Capital Region, to suspend all construction activities between November 1 and 10 and shut for a week industries using coal and biomass fuel to check pollution.

“Clean Air Week” launched in NCR region
 

Keeping in view the growing menace of air pollution, the Environment Ministry has launched a “Clean Air Week” in the NCR region.

The Ministry has formed 52 teams to undertake extensive visits to all the areas in Delhi and NCR to check the pollution sources and penalize the violators.

Union Minister for Environment Dr Harshvardhan said that there has been 30 per cent decrease in case of stubble burning from Punjab and Haryana.

However, government is not satisfied with the figure and working on to decrease it further.

He was addressing mediaperson in New Delhi after a detailed review meeting with NCR Ministers and Senior officers on implementation of Air Pollution Control Action Plan for NCR.

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