Delhi’s air quality remains ‘poor’ with increased stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana; SAFAR predicts overall AQI to touch 273 by tomorrow

SAFAR has predicted that the air quality will remain in the poor category tomorrow as well with the overall AQI touching 273

Asian News International October 24, 2019 11:14:48 IST
Delhi’s air quality remains ‘poor’ with increased stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana; SAFAR predicts overall AQI to touch 273 by tomorrow
  • Air quality of Delhi and its nearby areas remained poor on Thursday due to an increase in stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana

  • SAFAR has predicted that the air quality will remain in the poor category tomorrow as well with the overall AQI touching 273

  • Meanwhile, the residents of Delhi are complaining of a spike in respiratory problems and allergies

New Delhi: The air quality of the national capital and its nearby areas remained poor on Thursday due to an increase in stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. According to the Center-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was docking at 235.

Delhis air quality remains poor with increased stubble burning in Punjab Haryana SAFAR predicts overall AQI to touch 273 by tomorrow

Representational image of Delhi pollution. Reuters

SAFAR has predicted that the air quality will remain in the poor category tomorrow as well with the overall AQI touching 273. An AQI between 0 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'.

Meanwhile, the residents of Delhi are complaining of a spike in respiratory problems and allergies. "Every day I go to Lodhi garden for my morning walk. In the past few weeks, the pollution level has increased in Delhi. The government must do something about it. I feel suffocated, and I have bought an air purifier," said Gulshan Arora, a resident of the city.

"Stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is the major cause of pollution in Delhi. This government is not taking any substantial steps to curb the menace. We feel breathless while jogging, "said Narendra Anand, another resident of the city.

According to Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), straw burning has increased this year. "If we see the records from 23 September to 21 October, the fire incidents have increased from last year. So far, 3466 incidents have taken place. Last year, till 21 October, it was 2575," Anid Sood, Head ACM division, PRSC said while speaking to ANI in Ludhiana.

Tarantara was placed at the top of the list of fire incidents with 736 cases. Amritsar was second in the list with 597 cases followed by Patiala with 439 fire incidents. In Ferozabadpur, around 311 fire incidents were reported while in Gurudaspur around 239 such incidents were recorded.

To curb air pollution, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi has announced the implementation of the Odd-Even scheme from 4 to 15 November 2019.

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