In Delhi, which is facing the brunt of air pollution, now the water has also started getting contaminated. Toxic foam is seen floating on the surface of Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj since Sunday morning. Foams floating in Yamuna before Chhath Mahaparva have also increased the trouble for the devotees. Environmentalists are also worried along with the government due to contamination with air and water. The Delhi government has expressed concern several times about air pollution and the increase in the amount of pollutants in the water of Yamuna, but till now this problem has not been controlled.
Let us tell you that many times the scenes of poisonous foam floating on the surface of river Yamuna in Delhi also dominate social media. Detergents used in factories, dyeing industries, wash ghats and households are believed to lead to high phosphate content in waste water, which is the primary reason for the formation of toxic froth in the Yamuna.
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Delhi’s air quality ‘severe’
Meanwhile, the air quality remained in the ‘severe category’ in various parts of Delhi-NCR on Monday as well. According to the analysis of System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) in the capital Delhi was recorded at 432 this morning, which was 436 (severe category) on Sunday morning. At the same time, the air quality in Noida is in the ‘severe’ category and the Air Quality Index (AQI) is 575.
In view of the situation, SAFAR has advised people to avoid all outdoor physical activities and stay in homes. Along with this, if someone is suffering from asthma then he should keep his medicine with him.
According to government agencies, an AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’. ‘ and 401-500 is considered serious/dangerous.
SAFAR in its daily bulletin informed that at present, the AQI is still in the ‘severe’ category due to the large influx of stubble-related pollutants. The AQI is expected to improve but will remain in the high range of ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ category over the next two days. The AQI was recorded at 466 at Pusa Road, 441 near IIT Delhi and 432 at Lodhi Road area today, at Delhi University’s North Campus.
Delhi: On the first day of Chhath Puja, devotees bathe in the Yamuna river amidst poisonous foam in the Yamuna river.
A devout woman said, “The water here is very dirty but we have to take a bath in Chhath Puja so we have come to take a bath.” pic.twitter.com/BtuILQGVK7
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Water supply disrupted in many areas due to increase in ammonia in Yamuna
In Delhi, water supply was disrupted in some areas of the capital on Sunday as the ammonia content in Yamuna river near Wazirabad rose by 3 ppm. Production at the capital’s water treatment plants was affected due to rising ammonia levels. Delhi Jal Board (DJB) Vice-Chairman Raghav Chadha had said in a statement that production at Delhi’s water treatment plants has been affected due to massive release of sewage and industrial waste from Haryana. Raghav Chadha tweeted that we are working with Haryana to control the level of ammonia in Yamuna river. Delhi Jal Board is working tirelessly to restore the supply at the earliest and bring down the level of ammonia.