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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses at the flagging-off ceremony of Mechanical Sweepers at Kalibari Marg in New Delhi, on June 4, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday inaugurated a waste water plant in the capital and drank a glass of water treated there.

The chief minister said Delhi would need hundreds of ‘toilet-to-tap’ sewage treatment plants to address the city’s water woes.

“Today, we inaugurated a small plant to recycle waste water to potable quality. I myself drank that water,” Kejriwal tweeted after inaugurating the plant in Keshopur.

“Hundreds of such small plants all over Delhi will solve severe water problem in the next few years,” he added.

Potable water is a problem in the city of 16 million people. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is in talks with the Singapore government to treat sewage water.

The waste water plant, a joint venture between the Delhi government and NGO SANA, has the capacity to treat 25 million litres of water per year.

“Delhi does not have its own dedicated water body. That is why it is imperative to be able to store and utilise the monsoon flow in the Yamuna river,” Kejriwal said at the launch.

 

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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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