Delhi Turns Into A Gas Chamber Ahead Of Diwali

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The national capital's air quality was on the brink of turning severe on Thursday, November 1, due to stubble-burning in the adjoining regions and unfavourable meteorological conditions, authorities said.

The sale of air purifiers had surged 40 percent from past year because of increasing public awareness about the effects of pollution on health, company and industry officials said.

The Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) recorded the AQI at 410. The PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) level was recorded at 243, while the PM10 was recorded at 372 in Delhi on Tuesday. However, smoke from fireworks would get trapped, forcing levels of particles in the air to become significantly higher in the morning, taking air quality to the "severe" category.

Twenty-eight areas in the city recorded "poor" air quality, six recorded "very poor" quality, while two others recorded "moderate" air quality, PTI reported. "As of now, in the next few days, there is no chance of improvement in the air quality but we are trying our best", said Union Health Minister Dr.

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According to SAFAR, the PM levels would be very poor on Thursday, with the PM10 level forecast to be 358 micrograms per cubic metre and the PM2.5 level at 210 micrograms per cubic metre.

Winds blowing from the northwest have been carrying biomass-burning pollutants, according to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology.

Delhi authorities have stepped up efforts to combat pollution which includes measures like halting construction activities and regulating traffic.

It had permitted the court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) to take pre-emptive steps under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) without strict adherence to pollution stages delineated in the plan.

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The sale of air purifiers had surged 40 percent from a year ago because of increasing public awareness about the effects of pollution on health, company and industry officials said.

Amid fears of plunging air quality level in India's National Capital Region (NCR), the city administrators are contemplating an "only public transport" policy from the beginning of next month to fight pollution. The air quality was poor in C-scheme and in Sethi Colony and Shastri Nagar, it was satisfactory.

To address the air pollution situation, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said it was mulling inducing artificial rain over the city after Diwali to wash away hazardous pollutants plaguing the national capital. The Delhi Metro has also announced 21 additional trains on its network, which will provide an additional 812 trips to ease the commute as many people are likely to take the public transit during the period.

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