New Delhi, November 2: The quality of air in the national capital may look like smoggy and hazy, but let us assure you that this is not a sign of winters knocking the doors of New Delhi. Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have burnt their paddy crops as part of the regular procedure in which the residues of the crops after the cultivation are burnt, so that the land gets prepared for the next season. But as a consequence, the smoke of it has choked the air quality of Delhi, which has declined by 60-80 points over last two days.

With the air quality going down drastically, the children have been advised not to come out of the rooms when the situation becomes uncontrollable. As per to the satellite image form NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) website on Saturday, ‘fire spots’ were seen all across Punjab and parts of Haryana, with haze enveloping a large region of northern India which also includes India. Scientist have predicted that the situation will prevail for some more days and more smog to cover the area. (ALSO READ: Car-Free Day:Arvind Kejriwal on cycle with roadmap for pollution-free Delhi)

The most interesting fact to note is the smog which has covered in northern region started in India on October 31 night and increased to ‘very poor’ range — from 263 on Saturday night to 297 points till Monday — after residue of crops in Punjab and Haryana were burnt continuously. The weather department also stated that direction of wind is likely to change from Monday or Tuesday, which would further create more problem. In a smog covered atmosphere, pollutants do not disperse into the higher levels, which after entering the area, remain trapped closed to ground.

Little showers from the sky are also expected within a week, but will definitely not going to solve the issue. Doctors have adviced people to remain inside, if there is no necessity to come out. They have also cautioned that this weather would have some serious consequences on lungs, eyes, skin and heart related diseases. (ALSO READ: SC seeks response on levy of pollution compensatory charges)