Air pollution levels rise again in Delhi; Adverse Weather Conditions Major Factors

The air pollution level in Delhi worsened on Friday morning due to unfavorable meteorological conditions – low temperature and slow wind speed – and the air quality index was recorded at 9 am at 403, which falls in the severe category. Low temperatures and slow surface winds allow for the accumulation of pollutants.

The city’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 400 on Thursday evening.

The air quality in the capital has remained very poor or severe for most of the days so far in November.

Delhi recorded the lowest air pollution level – in terms of 24-hour average quality index – on 1 November (AQI 281) and then on 23 November (AQI 290).

Neighboring Faridabad (417), Ghaziabad (373), Greater Noida (378), Gurgaon (361) and Noida (383) also witnessed a deterioration in air quality on Friday morning.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.

The minimum temperature of Delhi was recorded at 11 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature is likely to be around 28 degree Celsius.

According to the air quality monitor SAFAR of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, no relief is likely till Monday.

Local emissions and weather are likely to be the major factors controlling air quality, it said.

The Delhi government on Thursday again banned construction and demolition activities following the Supreme Court order in this regard.

The top court on Wednesday again banned construction activities in Delhi-NCR till further orders.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that workers affected by the ban on construction activities in the national capital would be provided financial assistance of Rs 5,000 each and his government would also compensate them for the loss of minimum wages.

Restrictions on construction and demolition activities were lifted on Monday in view of the improvement in air quality and inconvenience caused to workers.

The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to resume physical classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions and reopen government offices from November 29.

The ban on entry of trucks except those engaged in essential services will continue till December 3. However, “CNG and electric trucks will be allowed to enter Delhi from November 27”.

On 13 November, the city government ordered the closure of all educational institutions, banned construction and demolition activities and asked its employees to work from home to combat air pollution and reduce its health effects. .

Four days later, it extended the restrictions, apart from banning the entry of trucks carrying non-essential goods, into Delhi.


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