Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Sci-tech | By Laverne Osborne

Air pollution 25 times higher in Faridabad

Air pollution 25 times higher in Faridabad

Authorities attribute the dip in air quality to localised factors like construction dust, vehicular pollution as well as regional factors like pollution due to stubble burning from Punjab and Haryana.

Delhi on Sunday recorded season's worst air quality at 381 which falls under the category of "very poor".

According to Faridabad's pollution monitoring station, the PM2.5 or particles with diameter less than 2.5 mm, was found 1,515 microgrammes per cubic metres at 9 a.m., while by 12 dropped to 1,457 units and 1,452 units by 1 p.m.

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All industries that run on coal and biomass (excluding thermal power plants and waste-to-energy plants) will have to shut down between November 4 and 10, and governments have been asked to intensify patrolling, including night patrolling, in industrial areas and pollution "hot spots". The Air Quality Index spiked to 393 in Jahangirpuri, today. Now all eyes now are on Diwali when the pollution levels will increase even further. This is due to several factors: Rapid growth in the number of vehicles, with many middle-class families owning more than one auto, preference for cars running on diesel, construction in and around Delhi, and the burning of stubble, apart from open burning of waste.

D Saha, former air quality chief at the CPCB, said meteorological factors like wind speed, solar direction and temperature are mostly responsible for increasing pollution levels in the city.

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A total of 18 areas in Delhi had a "very-poor" air-quality.

Delhi's Environment Minister Imran Hussain had Tuesday reviewed an action plan for implementing the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

EPCA member Sunita Narain said, "We need to be more cautious from 1 November onwards because the period from 1 to 15 November would be the toughest".

The assessment is based on the data from IITM-Pune, he said.

According to weather analysts, low winds over Delhi are saving the national capital from ill-effects of stubble burning in the neighbouring state. Twenty-nine monitoring stations located in different parts of the city recorded very poor air quality while four stations recorded severe air quality.

The health advisory is specifically for people suffering from heart or lung disease, older adults and children to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. It also advised people to wear masks as a precaution.

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