The average air quality index in Delhi in April this year was 256, the worst for the month since 2016, according to CPCB data.
Civic agencies have informed that out of the total road length of around 18,540 km in Delhi, 5,085 km has been identified for mechanical sweeping, the CAQM said.
None of the cities in India meet the World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guideline of 5 micrograms per cubic metre.
In a public notice, the DPCC said violation of the norms could entail effective closure of a unit or disconnection of electricity and water supplies to it.
The weather office has forecast a generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle along with gusty winds.
Well, if we talk about air quality, I am very sure as per the measurement standards, it must never have been good and always rested in the bad, worse, alarming categories.
Air quality is likely to remain so over the next two days owing to easterly winds blowing in the city, carrying moisture that further allows trapping of pollutants.
Delhi saw the longest bad air spell in December with six consecutive ‘severe’ air quality days and a fortnight of ‘very poor’ days.
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.
Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the government will not compromise on pollution and will take necessary action if air quality in the city keeps deteriorating.
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.
The AQI over the past 20 days has mostly been in ‘very poor’ zone, only occasionally improving to poor for a brief period.
The air quality in the national capital remains in the 'poor' category for the second consecutive day; construction ban lifted
“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.
Ban on medical, dairy & textile industries lifted, but restrictions on construction activities remain until further notice