No comforting for Delhi-NCR as air quality

No comforting for Delhi-NCR as air quality, he blanket of haze over Delhi continues with the national capital’s pollution levels around the 450-mark on Saturday morning.

According to official data, the overall AQI in Delhi was 427 at 6.30 am. In Delhi’s Anand Vihar, the AQI stood at 464 followed by 443 in Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium and Okhla Phase 2.

Pollution levels in the spacecraft towns of Ghaziabad (496), Greater Noida (496), and Noida (499) were much worse.

No comforting for Delhi-NCR as air quality On Friday, Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the season after the pollution level touched the ‘severe plus’ category.

The city’s overall air quality index was 504 at 3:30 am, but by 4 pm it was reported at 484 in the ‘severe’ level, according to official data.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), Ghaziabad & Greater Noida had an air quality index of 496 at 4 pm, the (CPCB) Central Pollution Control Board told. In the NCR, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida had an AQI of 496 at 4 pm, the CPCB said.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500.

The share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution stood at 46 per cent on Friday, the biggest so far, according to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor SAFAR.

In the wake of a spike in pollution level, the Delhi government on Friday decided to shut all schools till Nov 5 after a Supreme Court-mandated panel declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR.

As the air quality deteriorated and the pollution level in the region entered the “severe plus” category”, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority banned construction activity till Nov 5 and bursting of crackers during the winter season.

The Delhi government and municipal authorities also declared holidays in their schools till Nov 5.

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