The public capital recorded ‘poor’ air quality on Thursday with the Air Quality Index (AQI) of area, for example, Anand Vihar and Patparganj standing at 210 and 214, individually, as per the information delivered by Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
An AQI between 0-50 is is considered good, (51-100) is good, (101-200) is moderate, (201-300) is poor, (301-400) is poor and (401-500) is viewed as serious
Delhi witnesses a surge in air pollution levels every year especially during the winter season owing to the practice of stubble burning.
System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) on Wednesday said that AQI is forecasted to deteriorate for the next three days and will remain in ‘poor’ category with increasing magnitude until Saturday.
The Delhi government on Wednesday directed six major construction and demolition sites to stop work in view of the increasing pollution levels. State environment minister Gopal Rai said the main objective is to reduce pollution because of dust and around 39 sites have been recognized where anti-smog guns will be utilised.
Meanwhile, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal pointed out that the recent rise in pollution levels is attributed to stubble burning and other causes. He added that several measures have been taken to reduce the effects of stubble burning by using methods suggested by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).