What Is It That's Causing Delhi's Bad Air Quality?

People take desperate measures to fight polluted air. File

People take desperate measures to fight polluted air. File

On Thursday noon, Delhi's air quality slipped further towards "severe" levels, with the 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) at 394 after a marginal improvement on Wednesday.

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, who attended the meeting, said the meeting should have been taken seriously.

At Mathura road, major pollutant PM 2.5 was detected at 514 (hazardous), while in Lodhi road and Ayanagar area, the air quality dipped to the "poor" category at 263 and 382, respectively. "Only then can we find a soln", the Delhi CM tweeted.

While twenty-nine monitoring stations located in different parts of the city recorded very poor air quality, four stations recorded severe air quality, PTI reported.

Burning of farmlands in neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan, use of older and more polluting vehicles and unfavorable weather conditions with low-speed winds which have failed to disperse pollutants, have all contributed to this alarming situation.

On the issue of burning of garbages in Delhi, the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) told the court that they have taken steps.

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that concerned ministers are in touch.

"Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the absence of his Punjab and Haryana counterparts at the high-profile deliberations".

In May this year, Greenpeace India had published 13 recommendations for battling the rising air pollution crisis in India.

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Only Delhi has over 10 million vehicles and the number is going up every year.

The Judiciary, too, has stepped up to curb the menace of air pollution in the country, which is not only making the air toxic but also impacting the health of people residing in Delhi and nearby regions.

At the conclusion of the First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health this week in Geneva, Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "Our dream is a world free of air pollution".

The PM2.5 was recorded at 235.

The Uttar Pradesh government has asked the state's western districts, in and around the National Capital Region, to suspend all construction activities between November 1 and 10 and shut for a week industries using coal and biomass fuel to check pollution.

The EPCA also said that it may restrict movement of private vehicles and entry of trucks to Delhi if needed.

The building department also fined owners of 39 sites who were not complying with its directives to check pollution.

Satyendra Kumar, deputy secretary at the environment ministry, said during his presentation at the World Health Organization summit, "We are committed to bring PM10 and PM 2.5 levels down in definite percent terms by 2024".

Authorities said the AQI of Delhi would remain in the upper range of the "very poor" category till November 5, and thereafter, it could see severe deterioration due to unfavourable meteorological conditions.

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