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Delhi air quality remains ‘very poor’ at 337 AQI amid curb on construction work

People in Delhi woke up to a thick layer of smog on December 6. Delhi air quality remains in 'very poor' category as the Air Quality Index on Wednesday was recorded at 337 by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Delhiites are bearing the brunt of pollution with increasing cold. Delhi’s air quality is very bad. At present, there is no hope of getting relief from pollution. According to SAFAR, on the morning of 6th December, Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) has been recorded in the very poor category. Delhi’s air quality continued to remain in ‘very poor’ category on Wednesday amid a temporary ban on construction and demolition activities in Delhi-NCR as part of its Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

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The average AQI of Delhi was recorded at 337. The reason for this is the slow wind speed in Delhi, due to which the pollutants are not able to move forward. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), today out of total 35 AQI stations in the capital, 31 AQI was recorded in the very poor category. Let’s know the condition of all the areas.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 ‘very poor’. An AQI between 500 to 500 is considered ‘severe’. Restrictions of Stage 3 of GRAP are in force in Delhi amid pollution.

Earlier, the GRAP implementation subcommittee on Sunday discussed the regional air quality scenario, forecasts for meteorological conditions, and the Delhi air quality index.

It was discovered that the air quality had deteriorated considerably in the previous 24 hours. In order to prevent further deterioration, the subcommittee resolved that all activities envisioned under GRAP stage III be executed with immediate effect in the NCR, in addition to all actions envisaged under stages I and II, it said in an order.

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The announcement came after the air quality in Delhi and the national capital region touched the ‘severe’ category.

In a release, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) said, “As the AQI in Delhi has slipped into ‘severe’ category, the sub-committee had decided that all actions, as envisaged under Stage III of the GRAP, be implemented in right earnest by all the agencies concerned, with immediate effect in the NCR, in addition to all action under Stage I and Stage II of the GRAP.”

In its order, the CAQM said it temporarily banned construction activities, “with the exception of Metro Rail services, including stations; airport and inter-state bus terminals; railway services/stations; national security/defence-related activities/ projects of national importance; hospitals/healthcare facilities; linear public projects such as highways, roads, flyovers, overbridges, power transmission, pipelines; sanitation projects like sewage treatment plants and water supply projects; ancillary activities specific to and supplementing above categories of projects”.

Milk and dairy units and those involved in the manufacturing of life-saving medical equipment, drugs and medicines, were also exempted from the restrictions stipulated in the CAQM order.

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