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Severe air quality recorded in Delhi this season, may worsen for next three days

The situation of air pollution in Delhi has become very bad. The air quality level in Delhi has been recorded in the very poor category. According to reports the air quality index in Delhi was 329 at 7 am on Friday. Whereas the AQI of Anand Vihar is serious.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Air Quality Management Commission in the NCR and adjoining areas intensified its efforts to ensure enforcement and compliance of its directives after the national capital’s air quality slipped into the “severe” category on Friday, October 28, 2022. The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi plunged to 357 on Friday, the worst this season. According to the capital’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), this season saw a fall in the severe category for the first time due to poor dispersion of pollutants due to weak winds.

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Delhi’s Average Air Quality Index (AQI) is forecast to remain in the “poor” and “very poor” categories, given the adverse climatic and meteorological conditions in the NCR during winters generally and farm fires. At present, air pollution in Delhi is at its highest since January, with some areas in the National Capital Region reporting “severe” category air quality and predicted to worsen in the next three days.

Let us tell you that the Air Quality Index in Delhi has reached close to 350. Delhi’s climate on Friday morning was recorded in the ‘very poor’ category and the AQI stood at 329. On the other hand, according to IQAir, Delhi has been ranked as the second most polluted city in the world after Lahore in Pakistan. The worst AQI of 350 was recorded in Delhi’s Anand Vihar area. The air quality in the national capital started deteriorating on October 24 and the AQI had dropped from ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ category.

Meanwhile, orders have been given to shut down 24 industrial units in Delhi NCR. The Central Commission on Air Quality has ordered closure of 24 industrial units in the National Capital Region (NCR) for violating laws and guidelines related to air pollution since the implementation of the first phase of the Phased Response Action Plan (GRAP). Order has been issued. These measures of GRAP were implemented in NCR by the Air Quality Management Commission (CAQM) on 6 October.

In view of the situation, the CAQM said in a statement that since then a total of 472 inspections have been carried out by the Commission in industrial areas and construction projects in NCR in a secret manner and orders have been issued for closure of 52 grossly violating units and projects.

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The CAQM said, “”Orders have been issued to close 24 industrial units for gross violations. Of these, five industrial units were still found to be using coal and other unapproved polluting fuels”.

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