New Delhi (India): The air quality in the national capital continued to remain in the ‘poor’ category on Thursday. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city (overall) read 208 at 7.40 am. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the level of PM 2.5 and PM 10 in the air at 7.40 am stood at ‘poor’ and ‘moderate’ levels, respectively.
The air quality in the NCR region, Noida and Gurugram has improved. With the AQI at 180, the air quality in Gurugram has slipped to the ‘moderate’ category, while the air quality in Noida has gone down to the ‘poor’ category with AQI at 204. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.
Meanwhile, the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) on Tuesday ordered the immediate closure of industries not running on PNG or cleaner fuels in industrial areas despite the availability of gas infrastructure and supply.
The Commission had directed States to prepare an implementable Action plan by clearly specifying definite timelines for switching over of all identified industries units to PNG, where infrastructure and supply of gas are already available.
After the Supreme Court pulled it up for the opening of schools amid the rising air pollution level in the city, the Delhi government directed that schools will remain closed until further orders. The schools in the four districts of Haryana adjoining Delhi has been closed till further orders.
The Commission also submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court, stating that it has established an enforcement task force to check compliance with its air pollution control directives in the national capital region. In the exercise of its statutory power, it formed a five-member Enforcement Task Force, as well as 17 flying squads to deal with violators, according to the release.
(With Inputs from ANI)