Doctors and environmental experts are constantly expressing concern about the deteriorating climate of Delhi-NCR due to air pollution. Environmentalist Vimlendu Jha says that it is important that we understand the gravity of the current air pollution crisis in North India. This is a health emergency-like situation. He said that burning of stubble is still a major contributor to pollution.
He has suggested that in view of the crisis of air pollution, measures like closure of schools, lockdown to control vehicular movement should be taken in and around Delhi-NCR. They believe that construction activities may be put on hold for the next one week.
Vimlendu Jha had said on Saturday that 1.5 million people die every year due to air pollution. A report states that people living in Delhi-NCR lose 9.5 years of their lives due to air pollution. The Lung Care Foundation says that every third child has asthma due to air pollution.
Given the air pollution crisis right now, lockdown-like measures of shutting schools, controlling vehicular movement in & around Delhi-NCR should be taken. Perhaps construction activities should be banned for next one week: Vimlendu Jha, environmentalist on Delhi pollution
— ANI (@ANI) November 7, 2021
Air quality in the capital in the severe category for the third day
It was cold in the capital Delhi on Sunday morning and the minimum temperature was recorded at 14.2 degrees Celsius, which is normal for this season. However, the air quality in Delhi also declined for the third day and the Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 433. The Centre-run Air Quality System and Weather Forecasting and Research Data (SAFAR) said the air quality is likely to improve by Monday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the relative humidity was recorded at 70 percent at 8.30 am. The Meteorological Department has predicted partly cloudy sky with light fog in the morning and strong winds during the day.
The Indian Meteorological Department has said that the air quality has deteriorated after stubble burning at 3,942 places in Punjab, 219 in Haryana and 208 in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. The capital Delhi on Sunday recorded a minimum temperature of 14.2 degrees Celsius. The Meteorological Department has predicted that the sky will remain cloudy for some time on Sunday and the maximum temperature will be 28 degrees Celsius.
Similar situation in Delhi-NCR
According to the SAMEER app of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality index (AQI) of the city was recorded at 437 in Delhi at 8 am on Sunday, which falls in the severe category, while it was 449 on Saturday. According to Sameer App, on Sunday, Ghaziabad recorded an AQI of 456, while it was 454 in Noida and 381 in Greater Noida. At the same time, AQI was 372 in Faridabad, 439 in Gurugram, 445 in Baghpat.
AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, between 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, between 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, between 201 and 300 ‘poor’, between 301 and 400 as ‘very poor’. ‘ and an AQI between 401 and 500 is considered ‘severe/hazardous’.
Despite the ban, the air quality in Delhi had deteriorated to its worst in five years on Thursday due to a rise in incidents of stubble burning and stubble burning in neighboring states. The AQI of the city had reached the severe category on Thursday night. At the same time, pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR) also increased significantly after Diwali. Ghaziabad in NCR was the most polluted on Sunday.