Delhi Air Emergency: The National Capital Is Fighting For A Fresh Breath

Delhi Air Emergency

On Friday, Delhi’s air quality index was 499, which the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research, or Safar, classified as ‘severe.’ Resulting in Delhi Air Emergency.

The national capital remained enveloped in pollution, causing vision to deteriorate. “Until 12 noon, visibility was around 600-800 metres,” India Meteorological Department senior scientist RK Jenamani told ANI. “Visibility in Delhi will be poor for the next three days.” 

According to NDTV, 4,000 farm fires accounted for 35% of Delhi’s air pollution on Friday.

Prashant Gargava, the chairperson of the sub-committee on the Graded Response Action Plan, issued an order advising people to limit outdoor activities and minimise exposure. It also asked government and private workplaces, as well as other businesses, to cut automobile usage by at least 30%. 

The decree also instructed state governments to be ready to carry out measures classified as ‘emergency’ under the graded plan.

Construction operations in halt, the odd-even scheme for private vehicles up and running. Moreover, trucks other than those transporting vital products are not allowed to enter Delhi.

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Here’s all that you need to know about the Delhi Air Emergency:

  1. All schools will close for a week beginning November 15th. But the online classes will continue.
  2. Government employees will be able to work from home starting tomorrow. 
  3. Construction is not allowed in the national capital.
  4. Kejriwal said he is consulting the Centre about the situation of the lockdown in Delhi. He did, however, confirm absolutely that there is now no lockdown in Delhi. 
  5. Following a Supreme Court hearing on pollution in Delhi, the remedies came out on Saturday. 
  6. The Supreme Court had challenged the Centre and the AAP government about imposing a two-day lockdown to deal with the air emergency during the hearing.

However, the average air quality index (AQI) for the past 24 hours ending at 4 p.m. on Sunday, based on readings from 36 monitoring stations. It was 330, according to data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board. 

On Saturday, the AQI was 437, down from 471 on Friday. The rise in wind speeds helped in improving air quality by dispersing pollutants. 

The Air Quality Early Warning System, managed by the Central Government, predicts that the air quality in Delhi will not be good on Monday and Tuesday. However, it will remain in the ‘very poor’ category. On Tuesday morning, expect shallow to moderate fog.

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