The National Capital’s Air Quality Slips Back To Very Poor Rating; Watch
Delhi’s AQI back at ‘very poor’ category. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a new app to tackle this problem.
After remaining in the severe zone for around 6 days, Delhi’s air quality rated very poor on Wednesday. The change in the direction of the wind caused a reduction of stubble burning in the city’s pollution levels. As per the reports, the city recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 388 at 9 am. Furthermore, the average AQI remained at 476 on Tuesday.
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According to a news portal, the national capital witnessed six severe air days until Tuesday. The NCR recorded very poor air quality with neighbouring cities such as Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida and Gurgaon recording an AQI of 345, 390, 339, 322 and 309 respectively. As per the reports, the CPCB was given the responsibility to monitor and operate the GRAP measures by the Commission of Air Quality Management in the NCR on Tuesday. This will go on till the newly-constituted panel sets up a new mechanism. The GRAP came into force on October 15. It is a fixed set of anti-pollution measures initiated in Delhi.
According to a statement by an official of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the wind flows from the east-northeasterly direction. This is not favourable for the transport of farm fire pollutants from Haryana and Punjab. This is what the central government’s Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi had to say, “The change in the wind direction and wind speed has positively impacted air quality. It is likely to remain in the upper end of very poor category on Thursday and will deteriorate marginally on Friday.”
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has taken the initiative to tackle this problem. He encouraged the citizens to download the Green Delhi app that was launched by him last week. This app allows citizens to register complaints against those who violate the anti-pollution norms. Thus, this great initiative will help Delhi reach the goal of achieving a good air quality index. An AQI between 0-50 is considered to be a good index, while AQI of 51-100 is considered as satisfactory. On the other hand, 101-200 is a moderate index. The poor ranking category will have an AQI of 201-300. Consequently, 301-400 and 401-500 are considered very poor and severe respectively.
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