Delhi air pollution: Special Task Force formed as AQI turns 'very poor'
Delhi air pollution: The Delhi government on Thursday announced the formation of a Special Task Force in order to combat air pollution in the national capital.
"The current situation is such that for 2-3 days the AQI is going to remain in the 'very poor' category only because as per the prediction for tomorrow, the wind speed...will remain low...till wind speed increases, the AQI will stay in 'very poor' category"," Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai stated.
“By looking at this, a decision has been taken today that we need to monitor the implementation of GRAP-4 on the ground...for that 6-member Special Task Force has been formed, Special Secretary Environment will be in-charge of this,” he added.
Rai made the announcement following a review meeting with officials from the environment department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) at the Delhi Secretariat.
At 9 a.m. on Thursday, the Air Quality Index in Delhi was 393. Its 24-hour average AQI, which is measured at 4 p.m. every day, was 401 on Wednesday. On Tuesday, it was 397.
Readings between 0 and 50 are considered "good", 51 and 100 are "satisfactory", 101 and 200 are "moderate", 201 and 300 are "poor", 301 and 400 are "very poor", and 401 and 450 are "severe" and above 450 are "severe ".
- With inputs from agencies