Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Delhi's Air Quality 'Severe' as Smog Pertains, Likely to Improve Tomorrow

Delhi's Air Quality 'Severe' as Smog Pertains, Likely to Improve Tomorrow

"The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) also constituted teams to check the ban on sale of crackers as per the Supreme Court orders". This year, it was 326, in the "very poor" category.

The Environment Minister of Delhi, Imran Hussain, reviewed the situation of air quality in Delhi post Diwali-celebrations on Friday.

However, Jai Bhagwan Sharma, regional officer of Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), claimed that initial figures now indicate that the pollution level was down as compared to the past year but final figure will be revealed on Monday once the figure of the five pollution units are compiled.

According to the review, the level of pollutants showed an increase on the Diwali evening, with changes beginning at 8 PM when the fireworks started. "But this year, wind is blowing at a speed less than 10 km per hour and therefore is not able to suspend particulate matters' spread around us", Palawat said.

HSPCB had installed five temporary units to monitor air and noise levels in the city to check pollution before and after Diwali. "Yesterday and the day before, the wind speed and mixing height were extremely low, which led to the rapid build-up of pollutants near the surface", CPCB officials said.

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"There were six monitoring stations in 2016, while this year it is 16", he said.

"If the pollution levels have suddenly spiked in the Capital after Diwali then it is understood that firecrackers have contributed towards it".

Expressing concern over poor implementation of the Supreme Court ban on the sale of fire crackers in Delhi-NCR, industry chamber Assocham on Saturday said ensuring a clean environment should be a combined responsibility of the Centre, the state governments, civil society and public at large and not of the apex court alone.

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