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Delhi air quality remains poor, Punjabi Bagh most critical

Delhi air quality remains poor, Punjabi Bagh most critical”

"Total calm conditions, marked by the complete absence of wind, has led to the situation", Dipankar Saha, a senior executive with the board, told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Saha said air from neighbouring Punjab and Haryana, where paddy stubble burning is in full swing, is not entering the city as of now.

If the situation deteriorates further and persists for at least 48 hours, the task force under the GRAP will mull shutting schools and enforce the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme.

But going forward, the administration would have to take steps to improve air quality, the company said in a statement.

The air quality in Delhi touched its lowest on November 7 with people complaining of breathing difficulties.

The letter said that when Air Quality Index (AQI) levels cross 200, it is "generally advised" that time spent outdoors be restricted, hence outdoor sports and marathons and other activities should be stopped.

At ITO, AQI value was 400 at 6 pm and PM2.5 ranging 307-500 units from 9 am to 6 pm; at Anand Vihar it was 476, with PM2.5 ranging 308-500 units; Vasundhara in Ghaziabad had an AQI value of 438, with PM2.5 ranging 316-500 units; and Sector 125 in Noida had an AQI of 435, with PM2.5 ranging 318-500 units.

Since then, the pollution monitors have been recording "very poor" air quality, which is comparatively better than "severe" but alarming according to global standards. Everyone in Delhi is facing difficulties because of huge smog while driving.

Visuals of smog from India Gate and Rajpath.

On Sunday, the pollution levels at some places during morning hours were 12 to 19 times the permissible limit.

The CPCB has said high moisture level in the air has trapped emission from local sources and hanging low over the city in the absence of wind. ". and they have assured us that they are taking several measures to minimise the impact of air pollution on the runners". To control this smog and air pollution transport ministry has earlier asked the state government to start odd-even rule again in Delhi. The level of pollution in some of the region in Delhi was way more than the normal level.

The CPCB recorded "very poor" air quality in the national capital.

Delhi's air quality was placed under "very poor" category with AQI recorded at 368 against 351 on Saturday.

At the severe level, even healthy people will be affected while those who have existing diseases will be severely impacted, it said.



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