Delhi choked in pollution.
Today, Delhi’s citizens breathe air of ‘very poor’ air quality. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi at 350, just 11 points below the highest AQI of this season.
Eight areas – Anand Vihar, Dwarka Sector 8, Narela, Punjabi Bagh, Bawana, Mundaka, Vivek Vihar and Rohini – of New Delhi recorded severe pollution levels.
Authorities warned of conditions deteriorating in the coming weeks, owing to Diwali celebrations, localised emissions and the regional contribution due to stubble burning.
Amid such a grim situation, the CPCB has identified problem areas and suggested several stringent remedies:-
– shutting down of coal and biomass-based industries (excluding thermal and waste-to-energy plants) from November 4 to 10
– intensification of efforts by transport department to check polluting vehicles and controlling traffic congestion in Delhi-NCR between November 1 and 10
– health advisory: older adults and children to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. It also recommended people to go for shorter walks instead of jogs
It is to be noted that dust particle emanating from construction sites adds to an aggravating poor air quality.