According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Delhi’s air quality improved marginally on Sunday as the air quality in the national capital fell in the ‘very poor’ category with an air quality index (AQI) of 386 (overall). Arrived. , Meanwhile, pollution levels in the National Capital Region (NCR), especially in Noida and Gurugram, also remain worrying. Noida recorded an AQI of 536 in the ‘hazardous’ category, while the air quality in Gurugram was in the upper end of the ‘severe’ category at 423.
According to the SAFAR bulletin, the AQI is likely to improve in two days “as the winds are slowing down at the transport level (925 mb), resulting in less infiltration of fire-related pollutants into Delhi.”
“However, as local winds are calming and minimum temperatures decrease further, preventing efficient dispersal of pollutants, air quality may improve to the upper end of the very poor category or the lower end of the severe category.” Used to be.”
SAFAR informed that the effective fire count was reduced to 3,157 yesterday.
According to government agencies, an AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 severe/hazardous. is marked as.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted: “Predominantly clear skies and moderate fog in the morning” for Sunday and Monday.
“The contribution of biomass burning to PM2.5 concentrations on November 13-14 is likely to be around 10 per cent as winds are conducive to transport of pollutants,” it said.
The IMD said that the mercury in the capital city has come down to 11.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday.
To tackle rising air pollution levels in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced a ‘pollution lockdown’ under which schools will remain closed for a week from tomorrow.
In Delhi also, all construction activities have been stopped from November 14 to November 17.
The Chief Minister said that government office employees would be asked to work from home (WFH) at 100 per cent capacity for a week, while advice would be issued to private offices for the WFH (work from home) option.
The decisions were announced by Kejriwal after chairing a high-level emergency meeting with senior Delhi government officials and ministers.
(with inputs from ANI)