Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Delhi: Air quality crosses severe level as dusty haze persists

Delhi: Air quality crosses severe level as dusty haze persists

On Friday morning, the air quality index in New Delhi was in the hazardous state, with several parts of the city recording an AQI over 600.

The air quality of Lodhi Road area and Rajpath area remained in "poor" category at 262.

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"Therefore, it is expected that dusty conditions will prevail in Delhi over the next three days". While the air pollution is being caused by rise in PM10 levels, which is often considered less harmful than PM2.5 particles, it is still a serious matter that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Bhure Lal, the Chairman of Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority - EPCA, informed Baijal that he has already sent an advisory to the Chief Secretary of Delhi stressing the need for water sprinkling water to control dust pollution and monitoring of construction sites. Gusty wind is likely to continue over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during the next 24 hours, IMD said in its official statement.

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Pollution linked to boundary conditions-burning of fossil fuels, seasonal fires, dust events and other natural sources-is now the top contributing factor to poor air quality, according to UrbanEmissions.info, a pollution research and analysis site. Larger particle size of 10 microns (PM10) that are highly impacted by dust, show an increase eight to nine times over the permissible level.

"There could be discomfort or breathing difficulties due to the pollution", Sudhakar said. While the pollution in winters is mainly attributed to stubble burning and lack of wind, the dust storm due to high wind speeds seems to have caused severe air pollution in the national capital region (NCR) around this time of the year. CPCB has called for an urgent meeting to discuss the implementation of Graded Response Action Plan. Gufran Beig, a scientist at the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research institute, said the dust storm deteriorated the air quality in Delhi-NCR.

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As a dust blanket enveloped Delhi, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said here on Thursday that he plans to meet various stakeholders dealing with issue to lower air and water pollution.

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