New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital continued to remain under ‘very poor’ category for the second consecutive day on Saturday. News agency ANI data showed that PM 10 level at 219 and PM 2.5 level at 239, both in ‘Poor’ category on Air Quality Index (AQI), at Lodhi Road. Also Read - Nabha Sanitation Workers Get Flower Garlands, Shower of Rose Petals by Citizens, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh Shares Heart-Warming Video
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 - ‘Don’t Sack Employees or Reduce Their Wages During Lockdown,’ Punjab Govt Urges Industries
Delhi’s air quality has shown significant improvement in the past two days after rain washed away the pollutants. But as the rain subsided, a rise in pollution level was again recorded.
Earlier in the morning, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh commented on the Delhi’s pollution and had said if stubble burning was responsible for national capital pollution then Chandigarh’s air should have been as polluted. “We have westerly winds most of the year and if stubble burning was responsible for Delhi’s pollution then Chandigarh’s air should have been as polluted,” he reportedly said on Friday.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had expressed his inability to put a stop to stubble burning without proper compensation to the farmers for the same. Speaking to India Today, he had reportedly said that the ‘farmers cannot afford to buy machines or fuel to uproot the paddy straws from the fields’.
Government body SAFAR had said fire counts from stubble burning increased in the past 24 hours which might contribute 8-10 per cent to the pollution in Delhi. It warned that pollution was likely to deteriorate further by Saturday but it would remain in the ‘very poor’ category.
The Supreme Court-appointed EPCA chairperson Bhure Lal said more cases of stubble burning in the neighbouring states were recorded this time as compared to last year despite a strict enforcement of the ban.
Faridabad recorded very poor air quality while Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Greater Noida, and Noida recorded “poor” air quality. 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.