Con­struc­tion halted in Delhi as se­vere pol­lu­tion per­sists

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

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.

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