Delhi NCR Pollution: The Delhi Environment Minister, Gopal Rai, has unveiled an Odd-Even scheme scheduled to be in effect from November 13 to November 20, aimed at mitigating the worsening air quality in the capital.
Delhi Announces Odd-Even Scheme as Air Quality Deteriorates
As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)-India, the overall air quality in Delhi has persistently lingered in the ‘critical’ category. The region has witnessed an extended period of ‘critical’ pollution levels, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) hovering around the ‘400’ range in various locations in and around Delhi. On Monday morning, an alarming average AQI of 471 was recorded, underlining the severity of the situation.
In response to the escalating pollution levels, the state government has implemented a ‘work from home’ policy for 50% of government staff, marking the final phase of the pollution control plan.
Data from the Central Pollution Control Board reveals a significant deterioration in Delhi’s air quality
Data from the Central Pollution Control Board reveals a significant deterioration in Delhi’s air quality, with the AQI surging by over 200 points since October 27. The worst air quality was recorded on November 3, surpassing the previous high of 471 recorded on November 12, 2021. Although there has been a marginal improvement in wind speed, a thick toxic haze still engulfs the national capital for the sixth consecutive day.
Amid these deteriorating conditions, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai has written to Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav, requesting the restriction of only CNG, electric, and BS VI-compliant vehicles in Delhi-NCR. This plea comes in light of the upcoming Diwali festival and mounting concerns over the anticipated deterioration of air quality.