Delhi saw the longest bad air spell in December with six consecutive ‘severe’ air quality days and a fortnight of ‘very poor’ days.
This December saw the longest spell of bad air since air quality records are being maintained in the national capital.
Stubble burning, rampant firecracker bursting on Diwali and unfavourable meteorological conditions in the early phase of winters turned the city into a gas chamber again.
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.
Delhi recorded an overall air quality index of 305 in the 'very poor' zone on Tuesday, as against 283 in the 'poor' zone, the previous day.
The winter has set in with the chilly winds but one can’t be complaining. Thank the good God for having sent those winds to Delhi to clear it of the poisonous air.
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.
The authorities withdrew the emergency measures in view of a continuous improvement in the air pollution situation, he said.
Calm winds, emissions from NCR contribute to pollution load; situation likely to remain unchanged on Dec 24.
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 most pressing threat, he said, is that “the batteries break and ooze liquid that includes sulfuric acid and leaks into the soil and then the water aquifer.”
The AQI over the past 20 days has mostly been in ‘very poor’ zone, only occasionally improving to poor for a brief period.
CAQM allowed the authorities in the Delhi-NCR to resume physical classes for students of class 6 and above, colleges and other educational institutions with immediate effect.
A senior BBMP official said that since most of the roads are potholed or cut open, mechanical sweepers cannot be used.