Delhi air pollution: National capital’s AQI still severe, curbs continue
Delhi air pollution: Delhi is currently grappling with toxic smoke and air quality index still in ‘severe’ category.
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall air quality in the national capital continued to remain in the 'severe' category on Friday morning
Ashok Vihar - 462 (severe),
RK Puram - 461 (severe category),
Punjab Bagh - 460 (severe),
ITO - 464 (severe category),
Gurugram – 416 (severe)
Faridabad - 457 (severe)
Noida -375 (very poor)
Indira Gandhi International Airport -391 (very poor)
Lodhi Road - 398 (very poor)
The slight decline in AQI at some places was recorded after moderate rainfall lashed the city in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
In order to tackle air pollution, the Delhi government planned a spell of artificial rain in Delhi on November 20 and 21 to combat air pollution and to provide relief to residents of national capital from toxic smoke and severe air quality.
Environment Minister Rai said that if certain parameters related to cloud conditions are met on November 20-21, then a pilot project related to artificial rains can be executed.
In order to tackle air pollution, the Delhi government had initially planned to announce details of the odd-even scheme, including exemptions and penalties, but now awaits the court's written orders before making any decisions. The scheme was scheduled to be implemented for a week starting on November 13, in response to the ongoing pollution crisis.
Meanwhile in the wake of implementation of GRAP-IV measures due to Severe Air Quality prevailing in Delhi and seeing that no respite from such adverse weather conditions in near future is predicted by the IMO, the Winter Break for the session 2023-24 is ordered to be preponed so that schools can be totally closed and both children and teachers can stay at home.
Accordingly, all schools shall observe Winter Break wef. 09th November 2023 (tomorrow) to 18th November 2023 (Saturday).
Air pollution levels can be high during the winter months for a number of reasons, including dust and vehicular pollution, dry-cold weather, stubble burning, burning crop residues after the harvest season, and commuting.
- With inputs from agencies