Strong winds could bring relief, authorities say

Strong winds are expected to provide some relief from Delhi’s high pollution levels from Sunday, authorities said on Thursday.

The air quality of the national capital Delhi has been continuously recorded in the “very poor” category.

The city recorded its 24-hour average air quality index of 347, up from 375 on Wednesday.

Neighbors Faridabad (349), Ghaziabad (360), Greater Noida (308), Gurugram (323) and Noida (336) also recorded their air quality in the “very poor” category.

“The air quality is expected to improve considerably from November 21 due to the relatively strong winds and reach a mediocre category. PM2.5 will be the predominant pollutant,” the quality early warning system said. of the central government for Delhi.

According to the air quality monitor of the Ministry of Earth Sciences SAFAR, 773 farm fires in neighboring areas accounted for 2% of Delhi’s PM2.5 pollution on Thursday.

The contribution of stubble burning is “negligible” because the winds at the transport level come from the east direction preventing the intrusion of pollutants.

Earlier today, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai urged his Union counterpart Bhupender Yadav to convene a joint meeting and prepare an action plan to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

Rai also cited a study by the Indian Institute of Tropical Management (IITM), a body run by the central government, that external sources accounted for 69% of air pollution in Delhi between October 24 and October 8. November.

He said a similar study carried out by TERI in 2016 showed that 64% of pollution is from external sources and 36% of pollution is from an internal source in Delhi.

To tackle pollution, the Delhi government on Wednesday issued 10 instructions, including a ban on entry into the city of trucks carrying non-essential items and the closure of schools and colleges until further notice.

The Delhi government has banned construction and demolition activity in the city until November 21. He also ordered his employees to work from home until Sunday.

The city government previously announced the closure of all schools, colleges and educational institutions until Sunday and banned construction and demolition activities until November 17.

Rai said 1,000 private CNG buses will be leased to strengthen the public transport system. (With PTI inputs)

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