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Posted at: Oct 31, 2019, 7:28 AM; last updated: Oct 31, 2019, 7:32 AM (IST)

Delhi shrouded in toxic haze

At 35%, stubble fire share in pollution highest so far: SAFAR

New Delhi, October 30

Delhi remained blanketed by a thick haze on Wednesday with its air quality dropping further, largely due to the heavy load of smoke from stubble-burning in neighbouring Haryana and Punjab, according to government agencies. 

The city’s pollution levels peaked at 2 am, touching the 423 mark. The overall air quality index (AQI) oscillated between 410 and 420 during the day, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board. 

Twenty-seven of the 37 air quality monitoring stations across Delhi recorded the AQI in the “severe” category. Anand Vihar was the most polluted area in the Capital with an AQI of 464 and Wazirpur following with an AQI of 462. NSIT, Dwarka, was the least polluted with an AQI of 355. Pollution levels in the satellite towns of Ghaziabad (478), Greater Noida (440), and Noida (451) were worse. 

According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor SAFAR, the share of stubble-burning in Delhi’s pollution has risen to 35 per cent, the season’s highest. — PTI

AAP to protest stubble-burning in Punjab, Haryana

The AAP members led by senior leader Gopal Rai will hold a protest on Thursday outside Haryana Bhawan and Punjab Bhawan over the alleged inaction by the two states in controlling stubble-burning. Claiming that both the BJP and the Congress are “playing with the lives of Delhiites” merely to portray Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in bad light, Rai called on people to raise their voice and join their protest. 

‘Calm winds cause chaos’

  • Extremely calm surface winds on Tuesday night aggravated the problem
  • Northwesterly winds, which are favourable for plume transport, will continue to blow in the region for another two days

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