Misty morning in Delhi, air quality remains in 'very poor' category

Traffic policemen wear face masks to protect themselves from Delhi's pollution.  Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 23, 2018, 10.15 AM (IST)

The residents of national capital woke up to a misty morning with the minimum temperature settling at 11.3-degree Celsius.

According to the Meteorological department, the humidity level recorded at 8.30 am was 88 per cent. The weather department forecast clear skies for rest of the day.

"The skies will remain clear and the maximum temperature is expected to hover around 29 degrees Celsius," the official said.

However, the air quality continued to remain in 'very poor' category.

Over the past few weeks, the air quality in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) has remained in the same category with PM (particulate matter) 2.5 hitting an average of 300 during morning hours, according to Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR). 

The overall air quality on Friday recorded at 302 at 8:30 am.

At Dhirpur, the AQI was 337, while in Mathura Road area it dipped to 'very poor' category at 306. 

Furthermore, AQI near Pitampura, Airport Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 327, 168 and 282 respectively.

Due to increase in the PM 10 levels, regions such as Dwarka, Mundaka, Rohini and Anand Vihar registered "severe" air-quality.

Delhites are finding it tough to carry out their daily activities owing to the hazardous air quality.

Taking the cognisance of the prevailing situation, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has made certain recommendations to the Supreme Court to combat the menace of air pollution.

In its dossier, the CPCB recommended banning of industrial, construction and demolition activities in the major hotspot areas where air quality plummeted. 

The organization has also stated that stringent actions must be taken against the defaulters breaching pollution laws put in place by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, traffic police and other agencies. Delhi, which is home to approx 19 million people, is reeling under the menace of air pollution from the past couple of years. 

The region faced a major air quality crisis last year as pollution levels shot through the roof and even forced the shutdown of schools. Moreover, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had described the capital as a gas chamber and local administration was compelled to declare a public health emergency.

(With inputs from news agencies)

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Over the past few weeks, the air quality in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) has remained in the same category with PM (particulate matter) 2.5 hitting an average of 300 during morning hours.