Delhi, Noida Pollution Crosses Permissible Air Quality Index
With winter barely setting in, the Delhi NCR region is already battling a rise in pollution with Delhi at 326 units and Noida at 348 units
It is that time of the year for the national capital and its surrounding regions when breathing becomes difficult. New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) are bracing themselves for an annual pollution rise with the Air Quality Index (AQI) already way above its permissible limits.
While Delhi is at 326 units, Noida is even higher at 348 and Gurugram is not too far behind at 305 units. Just between October 6 and October 15, the AQI rose from 212 to more than 300. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), anything above 300 is unhealthy.
The Delhi government has imposed the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to combat the deadly pollution levels from October 15. With this, there will be a ban on the use of diesel generators in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurugram, except during emergency situations. Night patrolling will be conducted by authorities to check for dust and industrial emissions. Other strict measures will also be implemented under the GRAP.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal and Union Minister of Environment Prakash Javadekar are at loggerheads after Javadekar stated that stubble burning causes only 4% increase in pollution. A 2019 report by the CPCB cites that 44% of pollution in Delhi is a result of the stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana.
As per reports, the capital and surrounding areas are likely to face even more deteriorating air quality, as it is already apparent even before the cold season kicks off.
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