New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality remained in the “very poor” category on Saturday as the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city was recorded at 374, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Authorities said the AQI is likely to improve significantly from Sunday owing to relatively strong winds. The AQI in the national capital was recorded at 377 on Saturday morning. It was slightly better on Friday at 370, according to the CPCB.
The AQI in neighbouring Ghaziabad (346), Gurgaon (348), Noida (357), Greater Noida (320) and Faridabad (347) was also recorded in the “very poor” category. 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”.
To control air pollution, the Delhi government on Wednesday announced a ban on the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items into the city and a closure of schools and colleges till further orders.
In view of the increasing levels of air pollution in Delhi, the state government has announced certain emergency measures to curb pollution in the national capital. Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday announced a set of guidelines to tackle the threatening air pollution in the city.
The commission formed to manage the pollution in the capital has directed Delhi and the NCR states to stop construction and demolition activities in the region till November 21, barring railway services, metro rail corporation services, including stations, airports and inter-state bus terminals and national security or defence-related activities and projects of national importance subject to strict compliance of the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules and dust control norms.
The Transport Department has provided a list of diesel and petrol vehicles older than 10 years and 15 years, respectively, to the traffic police to stop them from plying on roads. The traffic police have also been directed to create a special task force to monitor congestion on the roads. Apart from this, the drive to check pollution-under-control certificates will also be intensified.
(With Inputs from ANI)