New Delhi, October 14: The air quality in New Delhi continues to deteriorate like every year around this time right after Dusshera and with the start of the stubble burning season in the neighbouring states. According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutants PM 2.5 at 223 and PM 10 at 217 both in 'Poor' category have been recorded in Lodhi Road area.
On Sunday when several monitoring stations across the city showed the Air Quality Index as “very poor”, CM Kejriwal tweeted: “All the gains achieved so far on pollution front will be nullified. Whereas we need to do a lot in Delhi and we are trying, however, all governments and all agencies need to work to stop crop burning also.” Odd-Even Scheme to be Implemented in Delhi From November 4 to 15 to Combat Pollution, Announces Arvind Kejriwal.
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— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2019
Reportedly, the Meteorological Department has said that the smoke from the crop residue burning in neighbouring states has stated reaching Delhi and was not getting dispersed due to calm winds creating a haze over Delhi.
Kejriwal in September had said that the odd-even scheme will be implemented for 12 days from November 4 to November 15. The Delhi government will implement the scheme after Diwali to combat the rising pollution levels.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 falls in the bracket of ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 is considered as ‘severe’.