Delhi air quality further worsens as Bhalswa landfill continues to burn for third day; firefighters working to douse flames
Bhalswa landfill site falls under the jurisdiction of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.The nearly 50 metre-high heap at Bhalswa is already saturated way beyond its capacity.
New Delhi: A fire has been raging at the Bhalswa landfill site here since 20 October, raising concerns about rising pollution levels in the city.
Delhi's air quality oscillated between "poor" and "very poor" category on Sunday as authorities have warned of days of severe pollution ahead.
"The fire at Bhalswa landfill site broke out at 2 pm on 20 October", a Delhi Fire Service official said, adding firefighting was still going on at the site.
"Three fire tenders are working to douse the blaze," he said.
Meanwhile, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) said the fire was extinguished by noon, but the fire department maintained that the fire was still raging at the site.
Bhalswa landfill site falls under the jurisdiction of the NDMC. The nearly 50 metre-high heap at Bhalswa is already saturated way beyond its capacity.
According to Ministry of Earth Science's air quality monitor SAFAR', the air quality is likely to improve from Friday onwards due to better wind speed.
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The 24-hour average air quality index read 329. It stood at 389 on Monday. The National Capital had recorded air quality in the severe category for three days on the trot
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