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AQI severe at 413, Delhi blames UP for sending BS3, BS4 vehicles | 10 points

Nov 04, 2023 07:36 AM IST

Delhi AQI: The haze on Delhi lifted up for a brief period on Friday afternoon with strong winds though overall AQI remained in severe plus category.

Delhi air quality remained severe for the third consecutive day on Saturday as an AQI of 413 was recorded at 7am. At a late-night inspection at Anand Vihar bus terminus on Friday, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel vehicles coming from Uttar Pradesh have been contributing to the deterioration of the air quality index as Anand Vihar's AQI at night touched 999 making it extremely hazardous. "Delhi government has been trying its best to curb the air pollution. Anand Vihar has the highest AQI. I came here and found out that all buses are BS3 and BS4 coming from Uttar Pradesh. I appeal to Yogiji to not send these vehicles to Delhi. Electric buses and CNG vehicles ply in Delhi. Bus depot manager, and traffic staff have also been careless to allow these banned vehicles inside Delhi," the minister said.

Delhi pollution: The Delhi-Gurugram expressway in smoggy weather at Iffco Chowk flyover on Friday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
Delhi pollution: The Delhi-Gurugram expressway in smoggy weather at Iffco Chowk flyover on Friday. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)

Delhi air pollution severe: No stricter measures now, AQI may improve

  1. Delhi's air quality remained severe on Friday with BJP leaders turning the heat on the AAP government for failing to curb the pollution.
  2. On Friday, Delhi's 24-hour average air quality index reached 468, a stage in which all emergency measures, including a ban on polluting trucks, commercial four-wheelers, and all types of construction, are mandated in Delhi-NCR.
  3. Low wind speed contributed to the accumulation of pollutants near the ground making air unbreathable.
  4. However, no further restrictions have been put in place apart from construction and vehicle curbs as the Centre's panel observed that these measures will take time to reflect on the air quality.
  5. An improvement in Delhi's AQI has been forecast from IITM and IMD in the next few days as a temporary relief from the smog blanket. The overall situation is likely to remain the same until Diwali as Delhi's pollution peaks between November 1 to November 15 because of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana, combined with Diwali crackers and weather impact.
  6. At a high-level meeting with the LG and the government officials, it was decided that Delhi would appeal to Punjab to curtail crop residue burning by incentivising farmers. As Punjab is also ruled by AAP, Gopal Rai in the meeting pointed out that there was administrative failure.
  7. "Delhi is surrounded by BJP-ruled governments, and we have requested that with their cooperation all the work should be executed," Gopal Rai said.
  8. Owing to the pollution, the Bangladesh cricket team on Friday cancelled their training session.
  9. Delhi Lt Governor VK Saxena said the situation in the city is "extremely worrying" and appealed to the people to remain indoors.
  10. In the next stage of the restrictive measures which the government will take if the situation worsens, only CNG, electric, and BS VI-compliant vehicles from other states are allowed to enter Delhi. t also includes work-from-home directives for 50 percent of staff in government and private offices.

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