Delhi Air Pollution: As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall air quality index (AQI) for Delhi was recorded at 373 on Wednesday, marking the fifth consecutive day that the air quality remained ‘ very poor’.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reported that the overall air quality index (AQI) for Delhi was 373 on Wednesday, meaning that the city’s air quality was classified as “very poor” for the fifth consecutive day.
The national capital and its suburbs were shrouded in haze on Tuesday, with the city’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching 350—the highest level of the season thus far. According to information released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), it was 347 on Monday and 325 on Sunday.
On Monday, the AQI level in certain city areas had risen into the “severe” category. On Sunday, Jahangirpuri in Delhi registered the highest AQI of the season in the “hazardous” category, at 566.
Many air quality issues are currently plaguing Delhi and the surrounding areas.
Mumbai, the world’s financial center, experienced “moderate” air quality, with an AQI of 173.
An AQI of 0–50 is regarded as “good,” 51–100 as “satisfactory,” 101–200 as “moderate,” 201–300 as “poor,” 301–400 as “very poor,” and 401–500 as “severe.”
DELHI AIR POLLUTION DECLARES SUPREME COURT
The government of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan was ordered by the Supreme Court on Tuesday to submit affidavits detailing the steps they have taken to reduce air pollution due to the deteriorating quality of the air.
The five states were given a week to submit affidavits by a three-judge bench led by Justice SK Kaul.
An affidavit outlining the actions taken by the affected states to reclaim the position should be filed. On November 7, the matter was set for another hearing. The bench, which also included Justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and P K Mishra, stated, We call upon the states of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan to file an affidavit within a week.
The bench stated that one of the primary causes of Delhi’s air pollution is crop burning.
DELHI-NCR REGION ONLY ALLOWS CNG AND ELECTRIC BUSES
All buses traveling from Haryana to the nation’s capital must now run on electric, CNG, or BS-VI diesel, per a directive from the Delhi government. Starting on Wednesday, buses traveling from the NCR regions of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan must also adhere to these regulations.
The ultimate goal of the initiative is to switch to electric vehicles while addressing the air pollution that the diesel-powered buses operating in the area are causing. The transport department released a circular to Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana outlining the bus regulations that will take effect on Wednesday.