Delhi air “very poor” as minister revises measures to reduce pollution
Delhi’s air was unhealthy on Monday as the state’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai met with senior advisers to review pollution measures in the nation’s capital.
The nation’s capital’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was 310 – “poor” – at 8 a.m., according to the Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research System (SAFAR) managed by the state. Readings below 50 are considered safe, while anything above 300 is considered dangerous or “serious.”
Rai will hold a meeting to review the air pollution situation in the capital. It comes after the Supreme Court took note on Friday of a slight improvement in the level of air pollution in Delhi-NCR and authorized the panel to make a decision on the representations calling for an easing of restrictions on construction activities , among other things, in a week.
It should be noted that the Supreme Court directive came after Delhi Air improved and fell into the poor category on Thursday with an AQI of 208.
Currently, all educational institutions are closed in the nation’s capital, while construction activities and the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items into Delhi are prohibited.
Air quality in Delhi in November was the worst in seven years, data showed. Air quality in the nation’s capital deteriorated after Diwali on November 4 as people violated a ban on bursting firecrackers as pollution worsened due to increased burning of the thatch by farmers in areas adjacent to the national capital.
Delhi was the second most polluted city in the world this morning with an AQI of 293, said iQair, a website that tracks air pollution around the world. The only Indian city in the list of the ten most polluted cities in the world was Mumbai in ninth place with an AQI of 165.