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Delhi's pollution level sharply spikes ahead of Diwali as thick haze engulfs city: Authorities

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhi's level sharply spiked Monday as a thick engulfed the national capital ahead of due to high impact of and pushed the air quality in the 'very poor' category, authorities said.

An with the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said despite moderate wind speed, the in rose due to from the neighbouring states.

"As expected there is a significant intrusion of bio-mass generated in which is increasing pollution levels and made it very poor in spite of moderate surface wind speed," he said.

"The contribution of to pollution in the national capital is expected to be 24 per cent on Monday," another said.

A thick also engulfed the national capital which reduced the visibility drastically, authorities said.

The overall air quality index of was registered at 345 which falls in the 'very poor' category. On Sunday, the air quality was registered at 171, which falls in moderate category, the lowest of three weeks, according to data of the Board.

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'.

On Monday, the PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) level was recorded at 268 while the PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres) was recorded at 391.

The spike in the pollution level comes a day after the air quality had improved to moderate category due to meterological factors and the control measures implemented by the authorities in Delhi.

Delhi authorities have stepped up efforts to combat pollution which includes measures like halting construction activities and regulating traffic.

There is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation. Civil construction has also been suspended in Delhi and other districts, besides closure of all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution.

The Delhi Committee (DPCC) has also directed the and the to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and in the region during November 1-10.

An aggressive 10-day-long 'Clean Air Campaign' from November 1-10 has also been launched to monitor and report polluting activities as well as to ensure quick action.

Under the campaign, a fine of over Rs 1 crore has been imposed in the last three days on people violating the norms causing pollution.

But despite that the air quality deteriorated to 'very poor' category due to increase in the contribution of stubble burning from the surrounding states of and Haryana, the authorities said.

The deterioration of air quality comes ahead of when a further spike in pollution is expected to hit the city.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 11:20 IST
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