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Latest news LIVE: Delhi-NCR shrouded by haze, air quality 'very poor'
Earlier in the day, Javadekar said that stubble burning is not a major factor for air pollution in Delhi-NCR. Stay tuned for thr latest news of the day:
The Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor, SAFAR, said the wind direction was partly favourable for the transport of smoke from farm fires and "hence, an increase in contribution in Delhi's PM 2.5 (concentration) is expected".
Delhi recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 312. The last time the air quality hit such a poor level was in February with an AQI 320. The 24-hour average AQI was 276 on Wednesday, which falls in the 'poor' category. It was 300 on Tuesday, 261 on Monday, 216 on Sunday and 221 on Saturday.Being in denial will not help, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday after Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar asserted that stubble burning contributes to only 4 per cent air pollution.
Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought to know why pollution has suddenly increased in Delhi-NCR in the last fortnight if stubble burning causes only 4 per cent pollution.
Earlier in the day, Javadekar said that stubble burning is not a major factor for air pollution in Delhi-NCR.
National Conference President Farooq Abdullah has convened a meeting at his residence today for chalking out the future course of action on 'Gupkar Declaration' with regard to the special status of Jammu and Kashmir which was revoked by the Centre last year. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, who was released from detention after 14 months on Tuesday, will also attend the meeting.