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Dusshera In Delhi Casts A Dark Blanket, Air Quality Worsens

System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR's air quality as toxic

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Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi's air quality drastically dipped during Diwali. Wikimedia Commons

The National Capital and the regions around it continue to suffer a “very-poor” air quality on Friday, which according to experts, may worsen due to combined effects of Dussehra and meteorological reasons such as low winds in Delhi.

Between 6pm to 8pm, over 48 areas across the National Capital Region — 36 from Delhi alone — suffered ‘very poor air-quality’ with pollutants registering over four times the national safety standards.

Weather analysts say this may worsen as Delhi currently has very light variable winds with no definite directions, which is likely to help in aggregating the pollutants.

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In New Delhi, levels of the most dangerous particles in the air are sometimes 10 times higher than the safe limit, the survey noted. wikimedia commons

“Delhi has a negligible wind speed and morning temperatures are low. Also, many effigies were burnt across the region on Dussehera. This will push up the pollution levels,” said Mahesh Palawat, director private weather forecasting group, Skymet.

The air-quality was already ‘severe’ at Anand Vihar in east Delhi and Rohini in north Delhi, Bawana in northwest Delhi, Mundaka in West Delhi and Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, acoording to the real-time monitoring taken up around 8pm by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The average presence of major pollutant PM2.5 or particle with diametre less than 2.5mm, was 129 unit across Delhi-NCR and 133 units in Delhi, which is more than twice the national safe limits. Rohini was the most polluted with PM2.5 concentration at 166 units, about three times the safe limits.

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Air pollution can also damage your kidneys. wikimedia commons

The permissible range or PM2.5 is 60 as per national standards and 25 by the international standards.

At 4pm, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 276 marked ‘poor’ against ‘moderate’ mere 48 hours back.

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Meanwhile, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) labelled NCR’s air quality as toxic and recommended keeping relief medicine handy. SAFAR advised everyone to avoid tiring outdoor physical activity. (IANS)

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Delhi Forest Department Plans to Develop 11 City Forests During Monsoon

Environment Minister Imran Hussain has directed the department to ensure at least six of these are developed in the monsoon season

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The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest informed the Minister that his department has proposed to develop 11 city forests during in 2019-20. Pixabay

Delhi’s Forest Department plans to develop 11 forests across the city during the current financial year. Environment Minister Imran Hussain has directed the department to ensure at least six of these are developed in the monsoon season.

Hussain today reviewed the action plan for developing the city’s forest and programme and for carrying out “mega tree plantation” during the monsoon season, the government said in a statement.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest informed the Minister that his department has proposed to develop 11 city forests during in 2019-20. Hussain directed the department to ensure that at least six city forests are developed early in the monsoon season itself.

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Hussain directed the department to ensure that at least six city forests are developed early in the monsoon season itself. Wikimedia Commons

“The Forest Department was directed by the Minister to submit a detailed action plan, including timelines, for of development of six city forests immediately,” the statement said.

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The Minister also directed the department to submit a proposal for carrying out mega tree plantation drive to be organized in the last week of July.

“The proposal should clearly indicate the agency-wise targets along with locations for carrying out tree plantation with active participation of people, especially children,” it said. (IANS)