New Delhi: Air quality in the national capital further worsened on Wednesday as the pollution level hovering in ‘unhealthy category’. The latest data showed Delhi’s Anand Vihar recorded at 999 under ‘Hazardous’ category, the area around US Embassy, Chanakyapuri at 208 and area around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium at 214 under ‘Unhealthy’ category in Air Quality Index. Also Read - Delhi-NCR May Breathe Cleaner Air This Diwali, Here's Why
Air pollution in Delhi and nearby states increases particularly due to burning of paddy straw during October and November and wheat straw during April in Punjab and Haryana. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”. Also Read - Why Kejriwal's Plan to Allow Hi-tech Industry is Good for Delhi
Environment minister Imran Hussain had formed a six-member inspection team to check air pollution. The six-member team comprises a representative of Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), Delhi Police, PWD, two representatives of MCD and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), and a representative of Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) – area in-charge, not below the rank of Environmental Engineer.
Recently, NASA had released images showing rampant stubble burning activity in the two states. On its official website, it had stated that burning of crop residue in Punjab and Haryana has increased significantly over the past 10 days in and near Amritsar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa, and Hisar.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to impose a blanket ban on the bursting of firecrackers and allowed the use of only green firecrackers with reduced emission and decibel levels during all religious festivals.
Last year, the national capital had witnessed a blanket of thick smog after Diwali, bringing air quality standards to an all-time low in the national capital.