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.
The vigilance team, which raided the residence of senior engineer Josemon in Kollam, found that he had amassed huge wealth while serving as an engineer in Idukki and other district offices.
“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.
Environment minister Gopal Rai said that the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) issued a notice to the NBCC to shut the Netaji Subhash Nagar site, with immediate effect.
The panel said it received a large number of representations, arguing the 'compelling necessity' to open the schools and educational institutions.
In its most polluted week, Ghaziabad recorded an average PM 2.5 level of 360 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3), while the annual average level stood at 110 ug/m3, the highest in north India.