For 3rd day, city’s air qual­ity gets poor read­ing

Sci­en­tists warn sit­u­a­tion will “worsen” due to me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions

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A week be­fore Di­wali, the air qual­ity of the Cap­i­tal on Thurs­day stood at 268 mg per cu­bic me­tre — cat­e­gorised as “poor” — for the third con­sec­u­tive day. What is fur­ther alarm­ing is that sci­en­tists warn of the air qual­ity get­ting even “worse” in the com­ing days due to me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions.

The mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions un­der the Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) in­clud­ing DTU, Anand Vi­har, and Shadipur — the three most pol­luted spots — recorded air qual­ity lev­els above 200, which is cat­e­gorised as “un­healthy” even for healthy adults.

The air qual­ity mea­sured for PM 2.5 — the most prom­i­nent pol­luter in Delhi — is mea­sured in mi­cro­grams per cu­bic me­tre.

The air qual­ity at Anand Vi­har was recorded at 209, DTU (243), Shadipur (269), NSIT Dwarka 183, and Pun­jabi Bagh (181).

“Wind speed falls dras­ti­cally with win­ters ap­proach­ing, which does not al­low pol­lu­tants in the air to dis­pense. This has led to PM 2.5 shoot­ing up sig­nif­i­cantly over the past week. The air qual­ity will de­te­ri­o­rate even more, if the wind speed goes down fur­ther,” said Vivek Chat­topad­hyaya, se­nior sci­en­tist, Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment (CSE).

Delhi En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Im­ran Hus­sain, too, re­viewed the am­bi­ent air qual­ity lev­els in the city.

“Di­wali is just a week away, and agri­cul­tural residue burn­ing in neighbouring states is con­tin­u­ing un­abated. This may im­pact Delhi’s air qual­ity and the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect of use of fire crackers and emis­sion from other an­thro­pogenic sources may lead to a worse con­di­tion,” said Hus­sain.

In a meet­ing with se­nior of­fi­cers of the Depart­ment and the Delhi Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Com­mit­tee (DPCC), the min­is­ter di­rected that strict vigil be kept to check any type of open burn­ing in the city to avoid lo­cal con­tri­bu­tion to air pol­lu­tion.

He fur­ther di­rected strict mea­sures be en­forced to con­trol emis­sion from construction ac­tiv­i­ties. The min­is­ter also di­rected that the vi­o­la­tors of dust con­trol norms and those found burn­ing waste/plas­tic/garbage, etc, in the open be pe­nalised.

Hus­sain also asked the En­vi­ron­ment Depart­ment to con­sti­tute spe­cial teams to check the sale of crackers in var­i­ous mar­kets of Delhi. Any vi­o­la­tion will be re­ported by th­ese teams to the Delhi Po­lice.

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