Delhi’s air has been at the worst level in the last year. Due to this, the crisis has increased manifold for children, the elderly, and patients of Kovid and respiratory diseases. On Friday morning, Delhi’s air quality index was recorded above 400, which is considered ‘severe’ category. The Air Quality Index (AQI) at Anand Vihar in Delhi on Friday morning was 442, 407 in RK Puram, 421 in Dwarka, and 430 in Bawana.
At the same time, on Thursday, Delhi’s pollution broke all the records of this year. Pollution in the national capital reached its worst level in the last one year on Thursday due to increased stubble burning and low wind speed. The share of stubble burning has reached 42 percent in pollution, which is the highest ever in this season.
Experts said that with the sharp increase in stubble burning, the wind speed and temperature declined on Thursday, the air quality in Delhi-NCR reached the worst level in almost a year. The air quality index remained in the ‘severe’ category on Wednesday night and continued on Thursday.
The average air quality was recorded at 450 on Thursday, which is the highest ever since 446 on December 30 last year. All 36 monitoring centers in Delhi kept air quality in the ‘severe’ category. Neighboring cities Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, and Noida also recorded ‘severe’ pollution levels. Explain that AQI between 0 and 50 is ‘good’, ’51’ and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘medium’, 201 and 300 ‘bad’, 301 and 400 ‘very bad’ And between 401 and 500 is considered ‘serious’.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the PM10 level in Delhi-NCR was 563 micrograms per cubic meter on Thursday, the highest since November 15 last year, when it was recorded at 637 micrograms per cubic meter.
Let us tell you that PM 2.5 up to 60 micrograms per cubic meter is considered safe. Safar, the air quality monitoring center of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said that the incidents of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and neighboring states increased, and the number was 4,135 on Wednesday, the highest this season.
Experts said the air quality index remained in the ‘severe’ category on Wednesday night due to low weather conditions, adverse weather conditions like fall in temperature, and stubble burning smoke from neighboring states. The bursting of firecrackers on the Karvachauth festival in Delhi-NCR is also being attributed to this. According to the news agency PTI, a doctor at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said that going to the body of 22 micrograms per cubic meter as a breath in polluted air is equivalent to smoking a cigarette.