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New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay blamed Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal for staying away from the city while Delhities suffered due to the civic agitation.

“Yesterday, people saw another theatrical show with Delhi ministers posing for photographs while lifting of garbage. But they can no more fool the citizens of Delhi,” he said.

Ministers and agencies of the Delhi government and AAP leaders have started lifting garbage which has been lying unattended on the roads and community bins ever since the strike of civic workers started.

The BJP workers also protested against the Kejriwal government’s reluctance to release municipal funds allegedly to deteriorate the image of the BJP-run corporations.

Upadhyay said the protest marches were taken out and effigies of Kejriwal were burnt by BJP workers in all 14 districts.

The party alleged a scam in garbage lifting and dumping claims of the AAP government.

The Delhi BJP chief said only 19 trucks of PWD and DJB have reached the landfill site and captured in CCTV at landfill sites over the last two days while the AAP government is claiming that 91 truckloads of garbage was removed from roads and community bins.

The Delhi BJP chief surprisingly said that at a time when Delhi is facing a crisis, the Chief Minister has gone to Bangalore for an undergoing treatment.

“We are watching videos of his speeches in various functions in place of his medical treatment,” he said.

Upadhyay said there is Directorate of Local Bodies appointed by Kejriwal government to look after the work of the corporations and by alleging wrongdoings in municipal accounts the government is accusing its own officials.

“We challenge the government that if there is any irregularity in the accounts of corporations then it may lodge police FIR against the mayors and the corporations,” Upadhyay said.

 

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Delhi’s Air Quality Still Remains ‘Very Poor’

The pollution causing score of PM 2.5 was at 114 in the poor category while PM 10 was at 208 in the moderate category

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It cited the low wind speed and westerly wind direction as being unfavourable for air quality. Pixabay

For those living in and around Delhi, the coming days spell bad news as air quality entered the higher end of the poor category on Monday, with a worsening AQI score of 280, and is slated to enter the “very poor” threshold on Tuesday.

Yes, you heard it right, the blue skies that have been a complete treat for the Delhi-NCR over the last two months, off and on, are set to get grey.

The forecast of the “very poor” air quality is predicted mainly due to changing local weather conditions.

According to pollution watch by Safar (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) India, developed by Ministry of Earth Science and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune the overall air quality of Delhi is in the higher end of the poor category.

“Further deterioration of the AQI is expected by October 15 to very poor category,” it said.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

The stubble burning activity in Haryana, Panjab, and nearby border regions are moderate but increasing. Safar said it is not necessarily affecting Delhi air if distance weather conditions establishing transport pathways are not favourable.

In the present scenario, although the magnitude of biomass-related transport is not very high but upper winds are flowing from North-North West towards Delhi with good speed and hence favourable enough to influence Delhi AQI with a share of more than 8 per cent by tomorrow (Tuesday) as per SAFAR forecasting model.

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After the monsoon withdrawal, the surface wind speed in Delhi continues to be slow and variable with predominant direction from the Northwest.

The pollution causing score of PM 2.5 was at 114 in the poor category while PM 10 was at 208 in the moderate category. (IANS)