New Delhi, November 3, 2023: Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) reached 431 on Friday morning, indicating a severe level of pollution that poses a serious health risk to the residents. The city was enveloped by a thick layer of haze that reduced visibility and caused breathing difficulties.
The AQI was recorded at 431 at 8 am, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.
The main factors contributing to the worsening air quality are low wind speed, high humidity, and stubble burning in neighbouring states. According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s PM2.5 pollution was estimated at 32 per cent on Friday.
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The Delhi government has imposed a ban on the sale and use of firecrackers till January 1, 2022, to curb air pollution during the festive season. It has also launched an anti-dust campaign and a war room to monitor and enforce measures to improve air quality.
The Supreme Court has also taken cognisance of the alarming situation and directed the Centre and the states to take urgent steps to mitigate the problem. The apex court has asked for a report on the actions taken by November 15.
The severe air pollution poses a grave threat to the health of Delhiites, especially those who have respiratory ailments, heart diseases, or are elderly or children. Experts have advised people to avoid outdoor activities, wear masks, and use air purifiers at home.