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Witnessing Hazardous AQI Level After Diwali, Delhi Air Quality Improves a Little

The highest count registered was 306 at 3 a.m

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AQI in Delhi and elsewhere is forecast to improve to the higher-end very poor category, and a slight increase in wind speed by Wednesday is expected to help improve AQI marginally to middle-end of the very poor category. (Representational image). Pixabay

Following Diwali, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi on Tuesday morning was in the “very unhealthy” category, although it had crossed the hazardous category during early morning.

As per data from the US Embassy here, the PM 2.5 count on Tuesday morning stood at 297. There was a spike at 3 a.m. which took the AQI to hazardous levels of over 300. The spike lasted from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.

The highest count registered was 306 at 3 a.m. The hazardous category causes serious aggravation of heart or lung diseases and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and among the elderly and poses serious risk of respiratory effects in the general population.

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Following Diwali, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi on Tuesday morning was in the “very unhealthy” category, although it had crossed the hazardous category during early morning. VOA

According to a forecast by Safar India, biomass related contribution may touch this year’s peak value of 25 per cent) on Tuesday. AQI is forecast to improve to the higher-end very poor category, and a slight increase in wind speed by Wednesday is expected to help improve AQI marginally to middle-end of the very poor category.

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The unfavourable factors for AQI are increasing biomass fire counts, the stubble transport level wind in a northwesterly direction, and incidents of burning firecrackers. Haryana and Punjab stubble fire counts are increasing, and the transport level wind direction is favourable for plume transport. (IANS)

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Union Environment Ministry Rolling out Anti-pollution Measures for Delhi NCR region

Pointing out the need for fully implementing the anti-pollution measures, he said that errant officials and those violating norms will be fined. He said the Environment Ministry and the CPCB are monitoring the situation and coordinating with the states on a daily basis

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The country is affected by high levels of air pollution, both ambient and indoors. Pixabay

The Union Environment Ministry and the states in the Delhi NCR region have agreed on a special campaign for rolling out anti-pollution measures, including taking action against negligent officials.

Environment Secretary C.K. Mishra said that the previous instructions of the Ministry, and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have been reviewed and the instructions in the recent Supreme Court order have been collated into a roadmap and these will be implemented for the next 15 days. The best measures out of these will be used till the end of December on a sustained basis, he added.

After review meeting with officials of the states in the region – Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan – it was decided that negligent officials who are not able to curb pollution will be punished.

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In spite of Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme, pollution has reached a severe level. Pixabay

“Deliberate omission and negligence will not be tolerated. Accountability will be fixed on officials. Government will intensify its crackdown on those violating anti-pollution norms,” Mishra said.

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Pointing out the need for fully implementing the anti-pollution measures, he said that errant officials and those violating norms will be fined. He said the Environment Ministry and the CPCB are monitoring the situation and coordinating with the states on a daily basis.

He said that there has been a spate of bad meteorology in Delhi NCR due to which pollution spiked, adding that meteorology plays an important role in pollution due to Delhi’s geographical location. “We cannot change the meteorology, what we can do is to bring the level of pollutants down by taking effective measures,” Mishra said. (IANS)