Delhi Pollution: Haze engulfs national capital as AQI touches 369-mark

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India's air quality has plummeted to worst possible category

The Capital on Sunday recorded its worst score on the Air Quality Index for the season.

The task force has also asked people to avoid outdoor strenuous activities and minimise use of private vehicles.

The task force also recommended efforts to provide uninterrupted power supply in NCR areas to avoid requirement of operating diesel generator (DG) sets.

The task force also warned that at beginning of November the situation may get further deteriorated on account of localised emissions on festival? and regional contribution due to stubble burning.

Stubble burning from Punjab and Haryana Saturday caused 32 per cent of pollution in Delhi, according to a report by the SAFAR.

According to the data from the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) monitoring station, the major effluent PM2.5 or particles with diameter less than 2.5mm was 1,515 microgrammes per cubic metres at 10 am, which dropped to 1,295 units by 3 pm. The level of PM2.5 - tiny particulate matter that can dangerously clog lungs - was 187, more than six times higher than what the World Health Organization considers safe.

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A Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Authority warned on Thursday that air pollution in the capital region is likely to peak from next week as toxic fumes from the burning of agricultural fields in the neighbouring northern states.

The warning comes a day after air pollution shot up on Wednesday due to unfavourable weather, including low temperatures, calm winds and cloudy skies. "On Friday, too, wind speed and direction will remain similar", he said. Punjabi Bagh recorded the highest pollution level in the national capital at 434.

Meanwhile, an inspection team led by Delhi Environment minister Imran Hussain Friday found "serious violations" in norms for dust control at the Pragati Maidan redevelopment site, following which the minister directed pollution control authorities to take strict action, the city government said.

"If these factors come under control, the air quality automatically improves", he said.

The assessment is based on the data from IITM-Pune, he said.

Out of 48 monitored station across NCR (including Delhi), only four had "moderate to poor" air quality while 18 stations has "severe or severe-plus" air quality and 26 were "very-poor". "The dominant pollutant of AQ Index is PM2.5 and PM10", the IITM said.

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