Air quality deteriorates in national capital with rise of pollutants in the atmosphere

New Delhi: Air quality deteriorated in the national capital with rise of pollutants in the atmosphere.

The Air Quality Index (AQI)on Tuesday morning was reported at 275 in Delhi’s ITO and Anand Vihar, at 263 in Rohini, and at 229 in Nehru Nagar, all in the “poor” category areas on October 12, according to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). An AQI between 0-50 is marked good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor and 401-500 is considered severe.

Visuals from Anand Vihar where Air Quality Index is at 275 in ‘poor’ category.

Amidst increasing levels of air pollution in the national capital region, close to 700 cases of stubble burning were reported from Punjab and Haryana between September 21-29, according to sources in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFF & CC).

According to the data, between the nine-day period, Active Fire Events (AFE) registered in Punjab and Haryana this year were 579 and 120, against the much lower 208 and 27, respectively, incidents reported from the two states last year in the same period.

The Delhi government has already launched a campaign, “War against Pollution” (Yuddh Pradushan ke Viruddh) on October 9. A tree transplantation policy has also been passed in this regard in a recent Cabinet meeting.

 

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