Ahead of Diwali, Delhi-NCR turns into a gas chamber

08 November, 2018, 07:05 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • Pollution,Ghaziabad city,air quality index

According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutant PM 2.5 is at 228 (poor) and PM 10 at 232 (poor) in Lodhi Road area.

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.

"Air Quality will be bad on Thursday and start to improve from Friday even if partial toxic crackers as compared to 2017 is burned", the government-run agency warned.

Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Greater Noida recorded "poor" quality air, according to the CPCB.

While increasing air pollutants make it hard to breathe, pollution on Diwali would add to the woes of residents.

Chief Engineer Karunesh Garg said that it is good thing that Amritsar's AQI is recorded good on the Diwali eve.

Warning that the Diwali day is expected to be polluted, weather analysts say that while now the polluting north-westerly winds are blowing higher at 5,000 meters, bringing a temporary relif to the region, the particles will start settling down, adding to pollution on Diwali.

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On Tuesday city's overall AQI, which is monitored by System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) of the city was recorded at 173 around afternoon, which later dipped to 145 by evening. There was a significant intrusion of stubble generated pollution on Monday, which has shown a declining trend on Tuesday, as we approach the Diwali day, 'he said.

"PM 2.5 levels are expected to rise, which will push air quality back to "emergency" on Thursday and Friday if Delhi bursts even 50 percent of firecrackers that it did on last year's Diwali".

Winds coming from the north-west direction is bringing influence of biomass burning pollutants in Delhi-National Capital Region which may continue up to Wednesday morning, said Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.

Authorities attributed the pollution to the change in wind direction, which is now blowing from the direction of stubble burning areas of Punjab and Haryana.

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. SAFAR's forecast report said favourable weather conditions resulted in a lower AQI than what was expected.

Pollution levels in Mumbai rose slightly on Wednesday, but the air was much cleaner than it usually is during this time of the year, researchers said.

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