Delhi Pollution: Since Diwali, the air in Delhi has turned poisonous once more. ‘Severe’ was the rating for the capital’s Air Quality Index on Friday morning. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reports that at 5 a.m., the AQI value in locations such as Anand Vihar, RK Puram, IGI Airport, and Dwarka exceeded 400. AQI was reported at 465 in RK Puram, 467 at IGI Airport, and 490 in Dwarka, per CPCB data.
Delhi’s Average AQI Peaks at 419, Raising Concerns
It is significant that the capital’s average AQI was 419 on Thursday. On Wednesday, Tuesday, and Monday, it was measured at 401, 397, and 358, respectively. A six-person Special Task Force (STF) was established by the Delhi government on Thursday to oversee the rigorous execution of the actions outlined in the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) of the Centre to reduce air pollution in the nation’s capital.
Delhi Environment Minister Initiates Action Against Soaring Pollution
Gopal Rai, the Minister of Environment in Delhi, provided this data. Senior representatives from the Public Works Department (PWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Transportation, Traffic, and Revenue departments will be on the STF, which will be led by Delhi’s Special Secretary (Environment). Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) Air Quality Index (AQI) entered the “severe” category on November 5, building work associated with public projects, as well as the entry of trucks and four-wheeler commercial vehicles that emit pollutants into the national capital, have been brought to attention. The embargo went into effect.
Delhi Implements Fourth and Final Phase to Tackle Air Quality Crisis
These limitations were put in place as part of the city’s Gradual Response Action Plan (GRAP), which is in its fourth and final phase. It is noteworthy that AQI between zero to 50 is ‘good’, 51 to 100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101 to 200 is ‘moderate’, 201 to 300 is ‘bad’, 301 to 400 is ‘very poor’ and Between 401 and 450 is considered ‘severe’. When AQI exceeds 450, it is considered in the ‘very serious’ category.