A thick layer of smog covered Delhi two days ahead of Diwali celebrations. The city is under a layer of smog today, due to winds from the northwest (NW) region.
There are high chances of the situation in the city worsening during the upcoming days, considering the fall in air quality and increased pollution. Due to the northwest winds from Punjab and Haryana, the National Capital Region (NCR) is on high alert.
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said, “If significant stubble burning continues on Sunday and Monday in NW region, then its impact is very likely over Delhi and AQI may reach the upper end of the very poor category.”
The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 342 today, which belongs to the ‘very poor’ category, as per the data of System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR.)
The Central Government has already taken some measures to control the growing pollution. These measures include the implementation of the Odd and Even scheme for private vehicles, the sale of green firecrackers and a ban on polluting vehicles. Apart from these steps, the citizens of Delhi are advised to avoid outdoor activities during morning and evening hours. The other rules imposed include a ban on certain construction and industrial processes which emit pollutants into the air and cause air pollution.
According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report presented in October, subjection to toxic air can kill thousands of people. As per doctors, poor air quality and pollution can affect the lungs badly and can even lead to death. Special care needs to be taken, especially by those suffering from respiratory illnesses.