Delhi air quality deteriorates; Anand Vihar in 'hazardous' category with 407 AQI

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 13, 2018, 10.08 AM(IST)

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On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Imran Hussain expressed concern over the unabated stubble burning noticed in the neighbouring states.

The air quality of Delhi worsened on Saturday and reached the unhealthy category as the national capital woke up to a slightly cold morning.

Anand Vihar's air quality fell into the hazardous category at 407 while pollution reading at Punjabi Bagh stood at 307.

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According to a report, the air quality of Delhi is expected to further drop as winds coming from the northwestern side is likely to bring toxic pollutants from Haryana and Punjab as the crop burning has begun.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature dropped to 17.5 degrees Celsius — the lowest minimum in seven years between October 1 and 15, officials in the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

According to IMD the maximum temperature to hit 33.0 Celsius in the day.

The air quality of north India worsens drastically every year during the winter months with smog covering the region due to the burning of paddy straw in Punjab and Haryana in the months of October and November. According to reports, it is one of the major contributors to air pollution in Delhi and its neighbouring cities.

The national capital and its nearby cities become the worst affected areas every year when particles from stubble burning combine with industrial pollution, vehicular emission and dust due to construction. 

On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Imran Hussain expressed concern over the unabated stubble burning noticed in the neighbouring states.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, Hussain shared some pictures of burning crop residue in the state surrounding the National Capital Region (NCR), despite the prohibition on the same."It is a matter of deep concern that when such instances are visible even on the National Highway, what might be the situation in other areas of these states?" he tweeted.