The air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the ‘poor’ zone on the 5th consecutive day, as of Sunday morning. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data at 8 am, the Delhi air quality index (AQI) was at 220, while on Saturday it was at around 221.
The air quality in Delhi entered the poor zone between 201-300 mark. The average AQI has been in the poor zone since Wednesday, for the first time since June 28.
As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the Central government’s air quality monitoring and forecast wing, the Delhi Air Quality index could see an improvement on October 12.
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SAFAR stated that AQI is forecasted to improve by October 12 but in the moderate category.
The low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify the depression and move west northwestwards and affect the circulations in North and central India, SAFAR stated.
Meanwhile, it has been forecasted that the national capital will witness a shift in Delhi surface wind direction, northwesterly to southeasterly by October 12 which can affect the air quality positively in the coming week.
Also, the Stubble burning was observed on Friday across Punjab, Haryana, and neighboring border regions.
The air quality in Delhi worsens every year from October due to various factors that include a drop in temperature, change in wind speeds and direction, and smoke from stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, and local sources of pollution.
Meanwhile, the Development Minister Gopal Rai on Sunday inspected the construction projects in South Delhi. “This site needs another anti-smog gun and the work will be stopped until it is procured. A fine of Rs 5 lakhs has also been slapped,” he said at one site.
He further said that “The odd-even is an emergency measure. The government is taking steps in trying to control pollution right now. But despite that, if polluted situations still persist, then the government will assess the situation and take measures accordingly.”