Air quality dips to 'severe' in Delhi, adjoining areas after Diwali; thick smog engulfs national capital

Air quality dips to ‘severe’ in Delhi, adjoining areas after Diwali; thick smog engulfs national capital

NEW DELHI: The air high quality dipped to ‘extreme’ at a number of locations throughout the nationwide capital on Saturday night time owing to a mix of stubble burning and firecrackers burst through the Diwali celebrations in violation of a ban on the identical. A layer of haze lingered over Delhi-NCR at night time as individuals continued bursting firecrackers regardless of a ban, and calm winds permitting accumulation of pollution.

Almost all areas within the metropolis logged PM2.5 ranges above 400 with many areas nearing the 500-mark. Anything above 60 is taken into account unhealthy. 

The Air Quality Index (AQI) for PM 2.5 pollutant stood at 481 in Anand Vihar, 444 in IGI Airport space, 457 in ITO, and 414 in Lodhi Road space, all 4 within the ‘extreme’ class, at 11 pm on Saturday, based on the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) information.

Meanwhile, the air high quality was at 460 at Anand Vihar, 382 at IGI Airport space, 415 at ITO, and 322 at Lodhi Road for PM 10 pollutant.

According to the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), the air high quality is taken into account within the ‘extreme plus’ or ’emergency’ class if PM2.5 and PM10 ranges persist above 300 g/m3 and 500 g/m3 respectively for greater than 48 hours.

The sale and bursting of firecrackers had been additionally utterly or partially banned in a number of different States or Union Territories together with West Bengal and Telangana to stop worsening air high quality and risking aggravating the COVID-19 pandemic.

On November 14, the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air high quality monitor, SAFAR, had mentioned that the PM2.5 focus in Delhi on Diwali was “likely to be the lowest” of the final 4 years if no firecrackers are burnt. However, it had mentioned that even a small enhance in native extra emissions is more likely to have ‘a big deterioration influence on Sunday and Monday’.

The metropolis recorded an total AQI of 414 at four pm on Saturday. It soared to 454 by 10 pm.

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