NEW DELHI: Today, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi stood at 385 as reported by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). This puts air quality of Delhi under ‘very poor’ category.
The pollution levels in neighbouring cities of Delhi like Noida and Gurugram are quite alarming. The AQI of Noida has been reported to fall under ‘hazardous’ category at 562, along with Gurugram falling under the upper end of ‘severe’ category at 413, thereby putting health of the residents at risk.
According to SAFAR, the air quality is predicted to deteriorate in the next 3 days but will continue to remain under the ‘very poor’ category.
As per the experts, ‘low temperature and low wind speed’ have led to stagnant conditions of polluted air.
The Meteorological Department predicts that the ‘situation can improve if it rains’.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had issued a set of new rules on Monday in order to tackle the air pollution levels in the Capital.
The Minister has announced that Delhi will continue to ban entry of trucks barring those engaged in essential services till December 7. The electric trucks are also allowed. All the construction activities have also been suspended till further orders.
Earlier the Supreme court ordered the Delhi Government to close all the public and private educational institutions.
The Supreme Court had also asked the Centre, Delhi Government and governments of the NCR states to file their replies in order to show their compliance to the directions issued by the commission on air quality management.