AIR QUALITY IN DELHI SLIPS TO ‘VERY POOR’, KEJRIWAL CALLS FOR ACTION

The air quality in New Delhi dropped to the ‘very poor’ mark on Saturday as there was a rise in stubble burning for the last few days.  This has led to a drop of 14% in the city’s air quality. SAFAR, a body part of The Ministry of Earth Sciences the Air Quality Index (AQI) slipped to the very poor category with PM 2.5 as the lead pollutant. Rainfall that occurred on the weekend created a slight improvement in the air quality, however rainfall resulted in water logging.

According to the Indian Agricultural Research Institute’s (IARI) data, over 1,900 farm fires were recorded on October 15 and 16. In the last two days over 1000 farm fires were recorded in Punjab, 539 in Haryana, 270 in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Rajasthan and 40 in Madhya Pradesh. “Fire counts are gradually increasing and wind direction is favourable and coming from north-west direction at transport level (900 mb) for intrusion,” stated SAFAR.

The Decision Support System (DSS) developed by the indian institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune released a report that says the ventilation index and the wind speed will be lower in the next tow days, which in unfavourable to the dispersion of pollutants, reported NDTV.

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