Fri. May 24th, 2024
The Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 415 on a scale of 500 in Delhi’s Anand Vihar area on Thursday, that indicate ‘severe’ levels of pollution

Government agencies have warned that pollution levels could worsen in Delhi-NCR over the next few days as the smoky haze blanketed the national capital on Thursday due to a surge in farm fires and unfavorable weather conditions.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 415 on a scale of 500 in the capital’s Anand Vihar area on Thursday, which indicates “severe” levels of pollution that can affect people’s health and those with existing ailments. 

The AQI at several areas in Delhi was recorded as — Punjabi Bagh (439), Dwarka Sector-8 (420), Jahangirpuri (403), Rohini (422), Narela (422), Wazirpur (406), Bawana (432), Mundka (439), Anand Vihar (452) and New Moti Bagh (406), recorded ‘severe’ air quality.

The concentration of PM2.5, fine particulate matter that can penetrate deep into the respiratory system and trigger respiratory problems, exceeded the safe limit of 60 microgrammes per cubic meter by six to seven times in these areas.

At 3 pm, the AQI in Delhi reached 378. The 24-hour average AQI was 364 on Wednesday, 359 on Tuesday, 347 on Monday, 325 on Sunday, 304 on Saturday, and 261 on Friday. 

“Despite that, the AQI at many places is rising significantly. To control it and to implement GRAP-2 rules more strictly, a joint meeting was held with the officials of all the concerned departments,” Rai said.

The minister also gave instructions to the concerned officials to intensify water spraying and the use of anti-smog guns at the hotspots and other high-polluting areas.

He also instructed DTC to hire a private ‘Paryavaran Bus’ on a priority basis.

“The DTC has started 128 shuttle bus services on the congested routes and the Metro authorities have increased the frequency by 40 trips. Delhi Metro has been asked to increase the frequency further.

“Also, the DTC has been instructed to hire 1,000 CNG ‘Paryavaran Bus’ by November 10. The authorities responsible for water sprinkling have been instructed to mix dust suppressants and spray them not only on the hotspots but also at other places.” the minister said.

By Delta

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