Air quality turns ‘very poor’ as haze hits city

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It was a misty morning in the national capital on Saturday with the minimum temperature recorded at 15.6 degrees Celsius, while the air quality dipped to "very poor". "1,515 units is too high a concentration", an official from Haryana SPCB said. Right now, the wind is coming from south, southeast and east.

"One strong wind is enough for dispersion of entire pollutants load".

The measures recommended by the task force are only preventive steps and not to create panic as the air pollution in Delhi is governed by meteorological conditions, he said.

In the morning, air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 332, considered very poor category. The particulate matters kept fluctuating in the past 24 hours, as on Wednesday at 6pm the concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 were 169.7 micrograms per cubic metre and 379.7 micrograms per cubic metre.

It has forecast even worse indices for Sunday - 359 (PM10) and 211 (PM2.5).

Crop burning will be at its peak in the first week of November as farmers prepare their fields for sowing the winter crops, mainly wheat.

He said: 'With air, while individuals can do their best, at the end of the day the solution does lie with the government and the authorities a lot more than with us. The highest AQI of this season was recorded Friday at 361.

According to a Met official, the city on Thursday saw calm, easterly winds, to the tune of 5km/hour.

The government-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research also reported an AQI in the "very poor" category.

As the average air quality in the national capital region (NCR) inched towards severe levels, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday that the government has chose to initiate criminal prosecution against agencies which do not comply with the directives to check air pollution. GRAP was implemented past year as well from October 15 by the Supreme Courtmandated Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.

The report said that the stubble burning contribution to pollution will significantly reduce in the next two days. These include ban on diesel generator sets in the capital and shutting down of the Badarpur thermal power plant. But experts say the data does not suggest that New Delhi's air quality has improved, but rather that other Indian cities' air has worsened.

On Sunday, the national capital continued breating toxic air, as the air quality remained very-poor.

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