Delhi records year's second highest pollution level

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Several parts of Delhi faced severe air quality such as in Anand Vihar where the PM 2.5 and PM 10 was 424 and 360 respectively and Siri Fort where it was 436 and 424 respectively.

"The air quality in Delhi-NCR is expected to remain in the severe-plus zone until Tuesday".

"But the good news is that speed of surface wind has improved, which may help in dispersing the pollutants", he said. Noida recorded the worst air quality with an AQI of 464.

Based on CPCB task force recommendations, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) shut down industries located in hotspot industrial areas of Wazirpur, Mundka, Narela, Bawana, Sahibabad and Faridabad and halted construction activities across Delhi-NCR till December 26.

"It is very unfortunate that Mr. Kejriwal convenes a session of the Delhi Assembly on every private issue but is mum on this.we have requested many times that he call an all-party meeting on this issue.In spite of this, for Mr. Kejriwal, politics is more interesting than the lives of the people of Delhi", he further said. "We have already sanctioned metro Phase-IV and a project to revive 159 lakes to increase the green cover", he added.

An official of the meteorological department also said: "wind speed and other meteorological factors remained highly unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants today for the second consecutive day".

"Overall, the air quality is still poor".

The index measures the concentration of tiny poisonous particulate matter, or PM 2.5, that are less than 2.5 microns in diameter, which can be carried deep into the lungs.

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Ventilation index is the speed at which pollutants can get dispersed.

According to the SAFAR, the overall air quality over Delhi is "very poor".

It also recommended a ban on construction activities in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Noida during the same period.

The AQI between the range of 51 to 100 is considered as satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 falls under the category of poor.

On Saturday, the task force had advised against usage of private cars, especially those running on diesel, and asked people, especially those with respiratory ailments, to avoid exposure to this toxic air. The index was 5000 sqm/second on Tuesday, the IITM had said.

Officials said they are closely monitoring the situation and if these conditions persist for 48 hours, then stringent action would be taken.

The IMD said prolonged period of light winds and low temperature are likely to continue for the next three to five days, resulting in poor dispersion of pollutants and the current severe air quality may continue for next two to three days.