With the year’s last rain over, the mercury is set to drop further, while the city may see moderate to dense fog over the coming week, said weather officials.
The city’s air quality stayed in the ‘severe’ range for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday, the longest bad air spell the city has seen in a go this month since 2019.
Air quality in the national capital continued to remain in the ‘severe’ zone for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, as winds remained calm, allowing little or no ventilation.
“Since the current AQI is within ‘very poor’, it would not be advisable to allow operations at all C&D sites. Based on the air quality forecast, the decision will be reviewed further,” the CAQM said.
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Delhi's air quality again plunged to ‘very poor’ zone on Monday, after showing minor improvement over the past two days.
The letter by the DCPCR chief further stated that 'the school closures policy assumes that the families own air purifiers'.
The central air quality commission told the top court that the thermal power plants which were closed needed to be restarted to ensure power supply to the NCR.
While the Delhi government teams made a total of 3,404 inspections of industrial units, Haryana did 1,003, UP 1,775 and Rajasthan 257, the affidavit showed.
Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh governments will have to file compliance affidavits on the issue related to payment of money to construction workers, it said.
TERI’s 2018 report had highlighted how the majority of Delhi’s air pollution comes from regional sources and not local sources.
Palawat added that heavy snowfall in the western Himalayas has also contributed in bringing down Delhi’s temperatures, as winds from snow-clad mountains are blowing over the city.
The SAFAR bulletin further stated that during December 8-11, winds are likely to be moderate, increasing ventilation of pollutants.
Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) on Sunday was 322, as against 305, the previous day. Delhi has been experiencing high levels of pollution since November.