Delhi NCR Pollution
The air quality in most areas of the city remained at “hazardous” levels, causing serious respiratory and other health problems.
The city’s air quality remained in the “severe” category for the fifth consecutive day on Monday. The overall air quality index (AQI) is 488 (out of a maximum score of 500). Within the city, some of the worst affected areas remain New Moti Bagh (488) and RK Puram (466) in south Delhi, Patparganj (471) in east Delhi and ETO (402) in the northeast. Part of the country’s capital. The air quality in some other areas of the city remained hazardous and severe, causing serious respiratory and other health problems.
The city’s average 24-hour air quality index, recorded at 4 p.m. daily, was 421 on Monday, a slight improvement from 454 on Sunday, even as toxic smog persisted over the city for the seventh straight day. According to the air quality early warning system, the prevailing winds blew from the northwest at a speed of 4 to 6 km/h for several hours during the day, but the winds were calm during the rest of the day. Air quality is expected to be severe Tuesday through Thursday. The Meteorological Authority expected the weather on Tuesday to be generally clear, with maximum temperatures reaching 31 degrees Celsius and lows reaching 14 degrees Celsius. Humidity ranged from 35% to 98% on Monday. According to IMD, there is a possibility of light rain on Wednesday but it will not affect pollution levels.
The Air Quality Management (AQM) Commission on Sunday launched the fourth phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) across the entire National Capital Region (NCR) with immediate effect to prevent further deterioration in air quality. The Air Quality Committee said that the fourth stage will be implemented in addition to the restrictions imposed in the first through third stages. The Education Ministry on Monday issued another circular announcing that all classes, except boarding classes 10 and 12, in all schools in Delhi will be taught online till May 10. “They are allowed to invite students to physical classes,” the circular said.
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