Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Air quality reaches hazardous level in Delhi and NCR

Air quality reaches hazardous level in Delhi and NCR

This morning, the worst air was recorded by the centre in Bawana - 370, or "Very Poor" on the air quality index. AQI in several parts of the Delhi and its nearby areas was similar. The AQI was 286 at 7 pm on Wednesday and went up to 405 at 8 pm and additionally weakened to 514 at 9 pm.

"Winters have just started and Patna is witnessing an alarming air quality with three "very poor" and seven "poor" air quality level days in the past 10 days (October 25 to November 3)", said Ankita Jyoti, senior program officer, CEED.

Legal action was taken against 24 juveniles under the provisions of the Juvenile Act for not abiding by the top court's direction, he said.

Much of the data was recorded after 6 p.m., or close to the Supreme Court-mandated time frame for bursting crackers.

The manufacture, sale, and use of joined crackers (series crackers or laris), the court said, were banned as they equally contribute to the air, noise and solid waste pollution.

India's Supreme Court last month ruled that only firecrackers that emit less smoke and soot could be sold in the city, in an effort to limit pollution over the festival period.

A thick haze settled over Delhi on November 8 as firecracker emissions mixed with the air. Zones like ITO, Anand Vihar, and Jahangirpuri recorded high contamination levels. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) sprinkled water on trees in the area around Delhi University's North Campus.

Inhabitants of other cities such as Kolkata in the east and Mumbai in the south also flouted the restrictions, pushing up pollution levels. This means that even healthy people may suffer from respiratory illnesses on a prolonged exposure to such air.

The overall AQI Thursday was recorded in the "severe plus emergency" category at 642, according to the data by SAFAR. With air quality reduced to "very severe" in the Indian capital region, authorities are bracing for a major Hindu festival featuring massive fireworks that threatens to cloak New Delhi with more toxic smog and dust.

The air quality index used by the embassy is a combined measure of poisonous gases and fine airborne particles.

A high level of tiny particulate matter can lodge deep into the lungs and cause major health problems.

Mumbai Mirror, with the help of activists, surveyed various parts of the city on Diwali night and, even though noise and air pollution levels were not as bad as past year, they were still way above the danger mark.

The air quality in Delhi continues to be adverse.

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