Delhi Struggles To Breathe As It Continues To Be In ‘Severe’ Air Quality Category

Increased stubble burning and unfavourable wind speed has made Delhi’s air hazardous, as the capital whizzes past through the permissible AQI

Raghav N

November 9, 2020

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Winter is not looking great for Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) with the rising cases of COVID19 and the untameable pollution levels. The air quality has deteriorated with the Air Quality Index (AQI) severely breaching the 300 mark, making it difficult for citizens to even step out from their homes. The worst affected areas are Anand Vihar with an AQI of 431, Jahangirpuri at 465, Punjabi Bagh at 426 and north Delhi’s Rohini area at 424.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is going all out to reduce the level of pollution, especially after the Supreme Court ordered for the same. City roads are being sprinkled with water thrice a week to keep the pollution under check. Large vacuum cleaners have been deployed at various hotspots to carry out the mechanical sweeping of roads to keep the dust particles in control. The Kejriwal government has banned bursting of crackers during Diwali.

According to the Central pollution Control Board (CPCB), increased stubble burning and unfavourable wind speed kept the national capital in the ‘severe’ air quality category for the fifth consecutive day.

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