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Posted at: Nov 1, 2019, 7:24 AM; last updated: Nov 1, 2019, 11:36 AM (IST)

Delhi remains shrouded in toxic haze for third consecutive day

Anand Vihar most polluted area with AQI of 466, followed by Wazirpur

New Delhi, October 31

The air quality in Delhi remained in the severe category on Thursday morning, with the smoky haze lingering over the Capital for the third consecutive day becoming a serious health concern for the residents. 

At 8 am, the city’s overall air quality index stood at 408, a tad better than 415 at 8 pm on Wednesday. Twenty-two of the 37 air quality monitoring stations across Delhi recorded the air quality in the severe category on Thursday morning. 

Anand Vihar continued to be the most-polluted area with an AQI of 466, followed by Wazirpur with an AQI of 453. An AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory”, 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor” and 401-500 “severe”. Above 500 falls in the “severe-plus emergency” category. 

According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, the share of stubble-burning in Delhi’s pollution rose to 35 per cent on Wednesday, the season’s highest, and the hazardous haze shrouding the city could “purely” be attributed to it. 

Weather experts said the problem aggravated due to an unfavourable wind speed post-Diwali that led to accumulation of pollutants. A relief is likely on the weekend, they added. 

The government has identified five “critically polluted” areas after examining the post-Diwali pollution data and asked the municipal corporations and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to intensify actions at these locations. The “critically polluted” areas are Wazirpur, Anand Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Vivek Vihar and Bawana. In view of the hazardous pollution levels in the Capital, doctors advised people to take a lot of precautions, including wearing face masks and avoiding early morning and late evening walks as concentration of pollutants is at its highest during this period. — PTI

AAP protests agaisnt Hry, Punjab over stubble fire

Wearing masks, AAP members led by senior leader Gopal Rai protested outside the Punjab Bhawan and Haryana Bhawan on Thursday over the increase in pollution in Delhi due to stubble-burning in the neighbouring states. Calling it a ‘Satyagraha’ against pollution, Rai said due to the stubble-burning, the air quality suddenly became “severe”

Ban on construction extended till Saturday 

The Environment Pollution Authority extended the ban on night-time construction in Delhi and surrounding areas like Gurugram and Noida till Saturday. The window of the ban, which starts from 6 pm, has also been increased to 10 am from the earlier 6 am

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