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According to the latest Air Quality Index (AQI) data, the air quality of Delhi's Lodhi Road area showed levels of prominent pollutants PM (particulate matter) 2.5 and PM 10 at 226 and 267 respectively
On Wednesday and Thursday, the air quality had deteriorated to the very poor category, alarming authorities who were planning to roll out more stringent measures to combat pollution.
Arvind Kejriwal says Delhi will become 'gas chamber' soon, blames Centre, Punjab, Haryana governments
Stubble burning in neighbouring states is one of the major reasons behind increasing air pollution levels in Delhi.
Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Noida and Greater Noida all recorded very poor air quality.
In cities like Lucknow (AQI of 182), Agra (187), and Noida (297), the air quality continued to hover around the category of unhealthy and poor.
Anand Vihar recorded an AQI of 261, DTU registered AQI of 207, ITO recorded AQI of 204 while Jahangirpuri recorded an AQI of 300, just one point below the very poor level.
Under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union, farmers gathered at Barnala's grain market, protesting against the state and central government for allegedly harassing paddy growers in Punjab.
The AQI between the range of 51 to 100 is considered as satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 comes under the poor category, whereas 401-500 range is severe.
Earlier on July 28, the onset of monsoon in Delhi had cleansed the air, bringing it in the 'good' category.
In 2018 (till August 26), poor to severe air quality was observed for 120 days, while in 2017 it was 125 days and in 2016 it was 153.
Noting that ambient air pollution alone may cost India more than USD 0.5 trillion per year, the study said it is causing hundreds of millions of people in the country to lead shorter and sicker lives.
Jhatkaa team has started sending out pieces of the 'lungs' in a package to decision-makers, in a bid to open their eyes to the grisly air-pollution situation.
Whitefield Rising on Friday urged KSPCB to install a calibrated continuous ambient air quality monitoring station at Graphite India Ltd junction.
The worsening air pollution at Anand Rao Circle following increase in high-rise buildings, prompted the board to install the first air quality monitoring station there in 1983.