The AQI during the day time was 394 that falls under the category of “very poor”
After a short respite from pollution during the day on Saturday, the Average AIR Quality Index (AAQI) marked severe with pollutants measuring 402 microgram per cubic metre on the National Ambient Air Quality Index (NAAQI) in the evening.
Meanwhile, Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) on Saturday extended the ban on construction activities and entry of heavy vehicles in the national Capital till Monday. Also, more than 450 heavy and medium goods vehicles were sent back from Delhi borders due to the ban, authorities said.
The AQI during the day time was 394 that falls under the category of “very poor”. The value of Particulate Matter (10) was 339 and PM 2.5 was 226.
According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Ministry of Earth Sciences, the contribution from stubble burning remained marginal due to wind speed, authorities said.
SAFAR in its pollution graph also mentioned that the air quality will start deteriorating from November 12.
“The level may not improve further as weather conditions are still unfavourable, as predicted. The stubble intrusion was not expected due to slow upper winds but the unfavorable weather made dispersion very slow,” SAFAR said.
According to MoES, 2,100 stubble burning counts were observed on Thursday over north-western region of India. “It was the largest-ever recorded for this year. It was around four times higher than Wednesday. The PM2.5 concentration is likely to increase again from Friday afternoon and may remain ‘severe’ or ‘severe-plus’ in Delhi-NCR till Sunday,” it said.
Meanwhile, ban on construction activities were extended by the Supreme Court-appointed agency on the recommendations of a Central Pollution Control Board-led task force, which reviews the national Capital’s air quality.
“It was observed that PM2.5 concentrations have been exceeding 300 µg/m3. As such the ‘severe +’ situation has continued for 37 hours. Therefore, the task force recommends that ban on construction activities, industries using coal and biomass and entry of trucks, which are in force, should continue till November 12, 2018,” the task force has recommended to the EPCA.
Special emphasis has also been given to extend the closure of the Mundka industrial area where during inspection massive amounts of industrial waste was found.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Alok Kumar said 1,559 vehicles were checked and 1,078 vehicles were allowed entry from 11 pm on Friday till 6 am on Saturday as they were carrying essential goods. Vehicles carrying vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, eggs, ice and other essentials, and tankers carrying petroleum products are exempted from the ban.
The Delhi Government’s Transport Department has appealed to private diesel car owners to avoid using their vehicles till Monday.
Sunday, 11 November 2018 | Sapna Singh | New Delhi–
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