Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Delhi Records Season's Worst Air Quality: CPCB

An Indian worker makes fire-crackers for the upcoming Hindu festival Diwali at a factory on the outskirts of Ahmadabad India An Indian worker makes fire-crackers for the upcoming Hindu festival Diwali at a factory on the outskirts of Ahmadabad India
Guillermo Lane | 29 October, 2018, 16:44

This means people will suffer from respiratory illness on prolonged exposure.

Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh had the worst air quality across India, with AQI of 420 - considered "severe". "It's best to stay indoors for the next 10 days", an official told the media. Bursting of firecrackers will turn Delhi into a gas chamber, experts warned. In such times, people in cities like Delhi experience breathing problems due to an increase in pollution level.

A Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Authority warned on Thursday that air pollution in the capital region is likely to peak from November 1 as toxic fumes from the burning of agricultural fields in the neighboring northern states of Haryana and Punjab could blow in because of a change in wind direction.

"The prevailing meteorological conditions are not very favourable for dispersal of pollutants for the next two days due to very low ventilation index and low wind speed", the IITM warned. It also advised people to wear masks as a precaution.

The task force also gave recommendations to the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority to deal with the deteriorating air quality.

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The overall Air Quality Index of the national capital was recorded at 381 which falls in the very poor category, the highest of this season and just points below severe pollution level NEW DELHI: Delhi recorded its worst air quality of this season on Sunday as a thick haze engulfed the national capital which continued to grapple with deteriorating air quality. Anand Vihar's problem is mainly because of construction dust, trucks, private carriages and bus traffic. "The challenge is the capability and capacity of the government to do proper enforcement", said Ms Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director of the Centre for Science and Environment.

"Its contribution to the pollution load has been scientifically and legally recognised".

"Stop any activity level if you experience any unusual coughing, chest discomfort, wheezing, breathing difficulty", said System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR) in its website.

Saurabh Bhasin, one of the three advocates who brought the firecrackers case to the Supreme Court on behalf of the advocates' young children, said the focus is now on finding ways to force implementation.

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