Delhi air quality worsens, Anand Vihar most critical with 610 AQI

By: | Published: October 14, 2017 12:53 PM

Air quality in the capital has deteriorated and slipped in the "poor" category recording an Air Quality Index (AQI). As per Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi's Anand Vihar remained last in the last

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It seems like, despite the efforts by Supreme Court (banning firecrackers in Delhi-NCR ahead of Diwali), Delhi is struggling to clean up its air that contains a toxic cocktail of dust, smoke and gases from vehicles and factory exhausts. Air quality in the capital has deteriorated and slipped in the “poor” category recording of Air Quality Index (AQI). As per Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi’s Anand Vihar remained last in the list. The AQI worsened in Anand Vihar and rose to a whopping 610, as per an ANI tweet. Dipankar Saha, head of CPCB’s air quality laboratory told TOI, “There is a lot of humidity in the air, which is increasing the density of pollutants aided by calm weather conditions. The crop burning effect is yet to hit the capital completely as the wind is blowing in the opposing direction. The quality may plunge further once that air hits the capital.”

AQI or Air Quality Index is a rating scale used for reporting the quality of the air we breathe in and the associated health effects. The TOI report also said that the current conditions are largely owing to the weather and not due to crop burning as the wind is currently blowing in the opposing direction.

Earlier, a day before the start of the under-17 FIFA world cup, an environment NGO Greenpeace said that the level of coarse air pollutants PM10 “far exceeded” the safe levels in the host cities of the tournament last October, as per a PTI report. The study also found that health impacts are strongest when the PM10 concentration is above 50µg/m3. Last month, the Supreme Court-monitored Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority had expressed concern over a possible spike in pollution levels during the World Cup and had directed concerned agencies to take preventive measures. However, it seems that the scenario hasn’t changed for but has deteriorated rather.

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