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Posted at: Jun 13, 2018, 9:30 PM; last updated: Jun 13, 2018, 10:48 PM (IST)

High-pollution levels in Delhi due to dust storms from Rajasthan

High-pollution levels in Delhi due to dust storms from Rajasthan
Rajasthan is facing extremely dry weather conditions, with high temperatures and wind speeds. PTI file photo
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, June 13

The high pollution levels during this time of the year in Delhi are unusual and primarily due to dust storms from Rajasthan, the IMD said on Wednesday.

Rajasthan is facing extremely dry weather conditions, with high temperatures and wind speeds. The wind direction in Delhi since June 10 has changed to west and northwest and then since June 12 to west and southwest, due to which hot air, along with dust from Rajasthan has started moving into Delhi, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said. 

The current surface winds in Delhi are in the range of 5-6 m/sec and wind direction is west to southwest, which is likely to continue over the next three days.  Therefore, it is expected that dusty conditions will prevail in Delhi over the next three days.  

Major construction agencies, municipal corporations and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) have been alerted to ensure water sprinkling, as required. 

The Environment Ministry has requested Delhi chief secretary to issue appropriate instructions in the matter to the agencies concerned. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) convened an urgent meeting of the Task Force regarding implementation of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) on Wednesday and issued necessary directions to contain local dust sources. The Task Force has also recommended that public should avoid prolonged exposure,  a statement issued by the Environment Ministry added.

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