Delhi citizens advised to work from home, carpool amid rising pollution
New Delhi, December 31: Amid deteriorating air quality in New Delhi, the Commission for Air Quality Management has advised the citizens of Delhi to work from home and carpool and if possible use public transport.
On Saturday morning, Delhi's air quality remained remained in 'very poor' category with AQI at 369. The Commission for Air Quality Management has also advised certain curbs under Stage 3 of Graded Response Action Plan.
According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the AQI at Lodhi Road recorded major pollutant PM 2.5 at 369. The AQI in the Delhi University area was 365 while it was 381 at IIT Delhi. In the National Capital Region of Gurugram and Noida, the Air Quality Index was 374 and 388, respectively.
0 to 100 is considered as good, 100 to 200 is moderate, 200 to 300 is poor, and from 300 to 400 it is said to be very poor and from 400 to 500 or above it is considered as severe.
The Ministry of Earth Sciences have issued health advisory through SAFAR saying that everyone should reduce heavy exertion. People with heart disease, older adults and children should avoid longer or heavy exertion, said the SAFAR app.
Ban on construction activities
The Delhi Government has already pout a ban on all non-essential construction and demolition activities in the national capital to prevent air quality from worsening further.
(With inputs from ANI)