Delhi’s Air Quality Turns ‘Severe’ For the First Time This Season
Central Pollution Control Board officials said that Delhi’s air quality turned ‘severe’ for the first time this season on Tuesday, 30 October, with stubble-burning intensifying in neighboring states. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was 401, falling in the ‘severe’ category, the highest this season.
According to the government-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), air quality in Delhi was ‘very poor’ with the levels of pollutant PM 2.5 touching 240 on Wednesday, 31 October, morning. At the same time, PM-10 levels in Delhi were 442, which means air quality in the city was categorized as ‘severe’.
The Environment Pollution Control Authority Chairman Bhure Lal, on Tuesday, said “Let us hope the air pollution situation in Delhi doesn’t deteriorate or else we will have to stop plying of private vehicles. Only public transport will be used.”
Along with Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, and Noida about 18 areas in Delhi recorded ‘severe’ air pollution, crossing the AQI of 400. Greater Noida’s air is also on the brink of turning severe, according to the data.
A SAFAR official said pollution is likely to increase faster now with lead pollutant as PM10 because of new development as shown by SAFAR-model where it is indicating that western disturbances may hit over a western Himalayan region from October 31.
“Lot of moisture is already getting introduced in Delhi sky as an early signature. The withdrawal will bring even more moisture in the air and result in fall in temperature. Upper winds already turned north-westerly (stubble site) today. Only favorable thing is that upper wind speed is moderate and fire counts are low,” the official said.