Amritsar air quality ‘good’ on Diwali eve

Delhi's Air Quality On The Brink Of Turning'Severe, Say Authorities

Delhi's Air Quality On The Brink Of Turning'Severe, Say Authorities

The stubble burning induced impact is expected to decline and if no additional emissions from Firecrackers are added then Air Quality will improve during Diwali period (7-8th November, 2018), but will remain in "Very Poor" category.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 2 p.m. was 360, while at 12 noon it was 385, considered "very poor", against 403 or "severe" at 9 a.m.

Delhi's pollution level sharply spiked Monday as a thick haze engulfed the national capital ahead of Diwali due to high impact of stubble burning and pushed the air quality in the "very poor" category, authorities said. Experts have warned of severe spike in pollution levels after Diwali even if "partial toxic crackers" are burnt compared to a year ago.

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain today appealed to people to help in reducing local sources of pollution by celebrating a cracker-free Diwali. Commuters and joggers faced discomfort following poor air quality in the morning.

People residing in the national capital breathed easy on Wednesday after the air quality showed slight improvement due to increased wind speed and requisite control measures undertaken by the government.

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The AQI was recorded at severe category of 434, the highest of the season, on Monday it said.

The PM2.5 and PM10, or particles with diameter less than 2.5 and 10 micrometers, in Delhi NCR was 164 and 292 microgrammes per cubic meter. A SAFAR official said intensified stubble burning was contributing almost 24 percent to the air pollution in Delhi. The ventilation coefficient is expected within 7000-8000 m2/s. Winds coming from north westerly direction bring influence of biomass burning pollutants in Delhi-NCR.

The World Health Organization estimates poor air quality kills more than a million residents of India every year, and says New Delhi has the worst air of any major city in the world. Air quality will be "bad" on Thursday, 8 November - a day after Diwali - even if "partial toxic crackers" are used as compared to past year, SAFAR said.

The recommendation was made in view of the heavy pollution caused by such vehicles which might add to the woes of the national capital which is already battling alarming levels of pollution, another CPCB official said.

"As expected there is a significant intrusion of bio-mass generated pollution in Delhi which is increasing pollution levels and made it very poor in spite of moderate surface wind speed", he said. An IIT Kanpur professor said weather conditions were being monitored to become favourable for creating artificial rains.

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