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Poisonous air in Delhi before Diwali, AQI ‘poor’, capital to become pollution hot spot

According to the SAFAR report, the PM 2.5 of Delhi may increase from five percent to eight percent on October 24 as compared to October 23. Similarly, on October 25, it may increase from 16 to 18 percent. This situation is frightening.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The wind direction is about to change in Delhi. It is likely that from October 24 i.e. Diwali, the winds from Punjab, Haryana and West Uttar Pradesh will move towards Delhi. As soon as this happens, the pollution of stubble smoke will increase in Delhi. Due to this there is also a possibility of becoming a hot spot of pollution in many places in Delhi. This apprehension has been issued by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

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According to the travel report, if this happens, the air of Delhi can become stifling from the day of Diwali itself. In such a situation, it can be very difficult for the patients of chronic disease.

According to a CSE report, in the year 2021 last year, the cases of stubble burning had increased by about ten percent. According to the Senior Program Manager of CSE, even at this time, cases of stubble burning have started coming up in Punjab and Haryana. In these states, only on October 16, 2000 watts of energy was emitted only due to stubble burning. In such a situation, given the current situation, the situation is likely to worsen in the near future.

To prevent Delhi from becoming a gas chamber, the Commission for Air Quality has decided to upgrade the first phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAPE). It is expected that the second phase will start soon. Under this arrangement, roads will be cleaned every day and water will be sprinkled. With this, the use of coal or tandoor in hotels, restaurants etc. will be stopped. At the same time, the use of diesel generator will not be allowed anywhere except in hospital, rail service, metro etc.

In Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party government is going to run a red light on vehicle engine off campaign from November 28. This campaign will run for one month for effective control of pollution. For this 2500 volunteers will be prepared at 100 intersections of Delhi.

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“Also, the Diwali festival on October 24 is expected to worsen the situation further. Therefore, in an effort to prevent the deterioration of the air quality further, the subcommittee decided that all actions as envisaged under Stage II of GRAP — ‘very poor’ air quality (Delhi AQI 3O1-4OO) — be implemented in right earnest by all the agencies concerned, with immediate effect in the NCR in addition to all actions under Stage I,” the order read.

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