Construction halted in Delhi as severe pollution persists
NEWDELHI: Delhi’s lieutenant governor Anil Baijal banned all construction activity in the capital until Sunday, forced to act by toxic air pollutants being carried to the capital by dust-laden winds blowing in from neighbouring states. At least 13 departing flight from Delhi airport and 11 Delhibound flights were cancelled because of the dust pollution, which prompted the authorities to advise people to avoid staying outdoors for too long.
Although air pollution improved marginally on Thursday, the city’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) remained in the ‘severe’ category for the second consecutive day. The AQI on Thursday was 431, down from 445. the previous day. A reading between 401 and 500 is considered severe.
The India Meteorological Department(imd) said the winds that are bringing dust particles to the capital are likely to weaken, which may help lessen the pollution level. comprising mostly PM10, had shot up eight times the safe limit on Wednesday. On Thursday, around 7 pm it was recorded to 764ug/m3, which is seven times the permissible limits. PM10, or particulate matter 10, is a key measure of air toxicity that describes inhalable particles with diameters that are generally 10 micrometers or smaller.