The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) declared a public health emergency in the Capital as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category.
According to the official data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI score of Delhi was 504 (normal range of particulate matter is 51 to100) at 3.30 a.m. on Friday after which alarm bells were sounded. The average AQI score of Delhi recorded at 4.30 p.m., which is the average of 32 monitoring stations in the past 24 hours, was 484, in the ‘severe’ category.
Reasons for adverse air quality
The deterioration in air quality is due to a combination of accumulated toxins because of local pollution, further spiked by bursting of crackers on Deepavali, stubble burning and extremely adverse weather conditions.
Adjoining areas to Delhi
Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Greater Noida and Gurugram had AQI scores of 499, 496, 479, 496 and 469 respectively, all in the ‘severe’ category.
Immediate measure taken by EPCA
The construction activities in Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida will not be allowed till November 5 morning.
People are facing symptoms associated with pollution like irritation in the eyes and throat, dry skin, skin allergies, chronic cough and breathlessness.
Source: The Hindu
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