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Delhi: Air quality index hits ‘very poor’ category, stubble burning share rises to 26%

The minister said that the government has developed a robust monitoring system so that the instructions are followed and a total of 586 teams have been constituted in collaboration with officials of various departments.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: After Diwali there is no improvement in Air quality. The air quality in the national capital remain in the ‘very poor’ category on Monday morning. Delhi’s air quality on Sunday was also in the ‘very poor’ category and in some areas it was in the ‘severe’ category. The share of stubble burning in Delhi’s PM2.5 pollution rose to 26 per cent on Sunday, the highest this year. Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 367 at 9 am and improved to 352 at 4 pm.

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Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Saturday said his government has constituted 586 teams to ensure implementation of the ban imposed on construction and demolition work in the capital in view of deteriorating air quality.

Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 367 at 9 am and improved to 352 at 4 pm. The 24-hour average AQI on Saturday was 397, the worst since January. It was 354 on Thursday, 271 on Wednesday, 302 on Tuesday and 312 on Monday (Diwali). On Sunday, Anand Vihar (AQI 449) was the most polluted place in the capital, followed by Vivek Vihar (402).

Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that Anand Vihar and Vivek Vihar are continuously reporting high pollution levels which may be due to construction work related to Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS). “Therefore, we have directed the user agency to strictly follow the dust pollution control norms. The government has deployed 15 anti-smog guns besides seven water sprinklers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in those areas.

“Diesel-powered buses have a significant role in the high pollution levels at the Delhi-UP border. We request the UP government to run CNG buses at least in NCR districts. This will help in reducing air pollution,” The minister said. Stubble burning accounted for 26 per cent of the PM2.5 pollution in Delhi on Sunday and forecasters said it is likely to increase in the coming days.

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