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Delhi-NCR air pollution Updates: AQI in city recorded at ‘Severe’ level at 4 pm

Delhi-NCR air pollution Updates: The air quality in the city continues to remain in the hazardous category.
Commuters out on a smoggy morning amid rising air pollution on Kartavya Path in New Delhi
Commuters out on a smoggy morning amid rising air pollution on Kartavya Path in New Delhi

Delhi-NCR air pollution Updates: The air quality in Delhi and its adjoining National Capital Region (NCR) continued to hover within the hazardous range as a thick poisonous haze thickened in the city on Wednesday morning. According to the air quality calculating website acqin.org, the overall AQI in the national capital on Thursday morning at 6 am is at 487 in the ‘severe plus’ category....Read More

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', 401 and 450 'severe', and above 450 'severe plus'.

Reportedly, relief is unlikely in the city anytime soon.

Delhi's air quality dropped over the last few days post the Diwali celebrations as people flouted the ban on firecrackers. This happened despite the Delhi government invoking the GRAP stage 4 in the city. According to a system developed by the Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology to identify the contribution of different pollution sources, stubble-burning accounted for 23 percent of the air pollution in the capital on Wednesday. It is likely to be 11 percent on Thursday and four percent on Friday.

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Nov 16, 2023 10:51 PM IST

Smog towers not a practical solution: Delhi pollution body

Two experimental smog towers in the city have not been effective in reducing air pollution and the operation of these costly giant air purifiers lacks merit, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee has told the National Green Tribunal, according to PTI.

Nov 16, 2023 7:38 PM IST

Delhi pollution: AQI at ‘Severe’ level at 4 pm

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, the Air Quality Index in Delhi was recorded at 419 (Severe) level.

Nov 16, 2023 4:41 PM IST

AAP govt forms Special Task Force to combat pollution

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai has announced the formation of a Special Task Force to combat pollution in the national capital.

" The current situation is such that for 2-3 days the AQI is going to remain in the 'very poor' category only because as per the prediction for tomorrow, the wind speed...will remain low...till wind speed increases, the AQI will stay in 'very poor' category," Rai tells ANI. More details on the task force here.

Nov 16, 2023 2:40 PM IST

Plan for ‘artificial rain’ pushed back

A lack of cloud cover over the city has pushed back the plan to seed clouds, which was originally scheduled around November 20, Manindra Agrawal, a scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, who is leading the trial, tells Reuters.

"Last week radars were indicating cloud cover around that time and now they are no longer indicating that," Agrawal says.

Nov 16, 2023 1:18 PM IST

Delhi's air quality recorded at 9 am

Delhi's Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 393 at 9 am on Thursday, according to the CPCB. Its 24-hour average AQI, recorded at 4 pm every day, stood at 401 on Wednesday. It was 397 on Tuesday.

Nov 16, 2023 12:06 PM IST

Delhi-NCR air pollution LIVE updates: Buses except CNG, electric, BS-VI diesel likely to be barred

Buses not running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), electricity, or adhering to the Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) diesel emission standards may be barred from entering the national capital in view of the pollution situation. Read more HERE

Nov 16, 2023 11:07 AM IST

Delhi-NCR air pollution LIVE updates: Vehicular emissions largest contributor to worsening air quality

Recent findings from a joint project by the Delhi government and IIT-Kanpur found that vehicular emissions accounted for about 38 percent of the capital's air pollution on Wednesday. It was reportedly projected to rise to 40 percent on Thursday.

Nov 16, 2023 9:50 AM IST

Delhi-NCR air pollution LIVE updates: Gopal Rai to hold review meeting today

Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai is set to hold a review meeting with the environment department and DPCC officials at the Delhi Secretariat today afternoon. During the meeting, they will review whether GRAP regulations are being strictly implemented, reported ANI.

Nov 16, 2023 9:45 AM IST

Delhi-NCR air pollution LIVE updates: Air Quality Index in several parts of the city

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 7 am in Bawana was recorded at 442, RK Puram was 418 in Jahangirpuri it was 441 in Dwarka it was 416 in Alipur 415, in Anand Vihar at 412, in ITO it was 412 and near the Delhi airport the AQI was recorded at 401.

Nov 16, 2023 9:08 AM IST

Delhi-NCR air pollution LIVE updates: Layer of haze covers the city- WATCH

A layer of haze covers Delhi as the air quality in several areas in the city remains in the ‘severe’ category - WATCH

Nov 16, 2023 7:48 AM IST

Delhi-NCR air pollution LIVE updates: How much is stubble burning contributing to pollution?

According to a system developed by the Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology to identify the contribution of different pollution sources, stubble-burning accounted for 23 percent of the air pollution in the capital on Wednesday. It is likely to be 11 percent on Thursday and 4 percent on Friday.

The data also showed that transport - another major cause of pollution in the city - contributed 12 to 15 percent to Delhi's foul air over the past few days.

Nov 16, 2023 6:36 AM IST

Delhi-NCR air pollution LIVE updates: Punjab sounds alert for farm fires

In view of the rising air pollution, a red alert has been sounded in all the districts of Punjab and legal action will be initiated if anyone found burning stubble, said a senior police official on Wednesday. The move is aimed at ensuring compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court to put a full stop to crop residue burning.

Nov 16, 2023 6:15 AM IST

Delhi-NCR air pollution LIVE updates: AQI remains in the hazardous category

A thick layer of smog continued to veil the national capital on Thursday morning as the air quality was recorded in the 'severe plus' category in several parts of Delhi.