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Delhi air quality worsens to ‘very severe’ on Tuesday

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  • Emergency meeting today to discuss ways to reduce pollution in Delhi

 

New Delhi: The air quality of New Delhi deteriorated further, with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showing a higher air quality index on Tuesday morning.

According to CPCB, the hourly AQI at 7 am was 422, higher than 384 at the same time the previous day.

The rise in pollution placed Delhi air quality in the ‘severe’ category.  The earlier day, it was categorized at ‘very poor’.

AQI above 400 is severe, while that between 301 and 400 is very poor, between 201 and 300 is poor, between 101 and 200 is moderate, between 51 and 100 is satisfactory. AQI between zero and 50 is classified as good, as per CPCB.

The air quality in Delhi has been worsening mainly because of stubble buring in fields in its neighbourhood as well as bursting of fire crackers during Diwali.

Alongside, the toxicity in water of Yamuna river has increased significantly due to release of untreated effluents.

To discuss ways of reducing the pollution, the authorities has called for an emergency meeting of all departments on Tuesday.

A day earlier, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai blamed stubble burning for the pollution and said he would meet his advisors on Tuesday.

India is the third biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. At the COP26 summit in Glasgow last week, PM Narendra Modi had pledged that India would bring down its emissions to net zero by 2070.

 

 

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