Delhi Pollution News: The air of Delhi has become suffocating even without the smoke of stubble. On Tuesday, the air quality index of eight areas of the capital remained above the 400 mark i.e. in the severe category. According to SAFAR, people are not likely to get respite from the polluted air during the next three days. The people of Delhi have been breathing bad air since the second fortnight of October. Meanwhile, the air remained in the poor, very poor or severe category for most of the time. Due to high wind speed and sunshine throughout the day, there was slight relief in the pollution level in the middle. But, now once again a steady increase in the level of pollution is being recorded.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi’s average air quality index stood at 369 on Tuesday. This level of air is kept in the very poor category. A day earlier this index was at the mark of 333. That is, within 24 hours the index has increased by 36 points. Whereas, the index of eight areas of Delhi remained above the 400 mark on Tuesday.
Three and a half times more pollution than the standards:
At present, three and a half times more pollution is present in the air of Delhi than the standards. At 5 pm on Tuesday, the level of pollutant particles PM 10 in the air stood at 350 micrograms per cubic meter and PM 2.5 at 191 micrograms per cubic meter. According to the standards, if the level of PM 10 in the air is more than 100 and the level of PM 2.5 is more than 60, then it is not considered healthy. According to this, Delhi currently has three times more pollution than the standards.
Morning fog is increasing the trouble:
At present, the problem of pollution in Delhi is increasing due to different weather factors. Now the pollution of stubble smoke in Delhi’s air is negligible, yet Delhi’s air is running in very poor category. Behind this is the local factors of pollution and the weather. According to Safar, light fog is being seen especially in the morning. Whereas, the wind direction is North West. The cold has also increased and the wind speed has calmed down. Due to this, the discharge of pollutant particles is slowing down. Because of this, people are facing more pollution. Similar conditions are expected to prevail during the next three days as well.
Pollution increased like this in three days:
The air of these eight areas is severe:
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