According to the government air quality forecasting agency ‘SAFAR’, stubble burning contributed 36 per cent to Delhi’s PM 2.5 pollution on Friday, which is the highest so far this season.
Gufran Baig, founder-project director of ‘SAFAR’, said Delhi’s air quality index jumped to the upper end of the ‘severe’ category with emissions from fireworks…the share of emissions from stubble burning stood at 36 per cent on Friday. has reached.
He said that the local winds have intensified and now there is a possibility of rapid spread (of pollutants). The AQI will reach the ‘very poor’ category by Friday night without much emissions from fireworks, although the contribution of stubble is expected to remain almost the same (on Saturday).
On Thursday, stubble pollution was responsible for 25 percent of Delhi’s PM 2.5 pollution. Last year, the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution reached 42 per cent on November 5. In the year 2019, on November 1, the share of stubble pollution in Delhi’s PM 2.5 pollution was 44 percent. The share of stubble burning in Delhi’s PM 2.5 pollution was 32 per cent on Diwali last year, compared to 19 per cent in 2019.
A thick layer of smog enveloped the Delhi-NCR region on Friday due to massive bursting of crackers on Diwali night amid intensifying smoke from stubble burning.
Ahead of the festive season, the Delhi government had announced a complete ban on firecrackers by January 1, 2022 and launched an intense campaign against the sale and use of firecrackers.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi entered the ‘severe’ category on Thursday night and touched 462 on Friday at 12 noon. The air quality in Faridabad (460), Greater Noida (423), Ghaziabad (450), Gurgaon (478) and Noida (466) was recorded in the ‘severe’ category at 12 noon.
It is noteworthy that AQI between zero and 50 is ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 And 500 is considered ‘serious’.