Air pollution levels in Delhi worsened on Friday morning due to adverse weather conditions – low temperature and slow wind speed – and the air quality index was 403 at 9 a.m. of the severe category.
Low temperatures and slow surface winds allow the accumulation of pollutants.
The city’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) was 400 Thursday night.
So far, the air quality in the capital has remained very bad or severe most days of November.
Delhi recorded the lowest air pollution levels – in terms of a 24-hour average quality index – on November 1 (AQI 281) followed by November 23 (AQI 290).
Neighbors Faridabad (417), Ghaziabad (373), Greater Noida (378), Gurgaon (361) and Noida (383) also saw the air quality drop on Friday morning.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 bad, 301 and 400 very bad, and 401 and 500 severe.
Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to be around 28 degrees Celsius.
According to the air quality monitor of the Ministry of Earth Sciences SAFAR, no relief is likely until Monday.
Local emissions and weather conditions are likely to be the dominant factors controlling air quality, he said.
The Delhi government on Thursday reimposed the ban on construction and demolition activities following the Supreme Court’s order in this regard.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday reimposed the ban on construction activities at Delhi-NCR until further notice.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said workers affected by the ban on construction activities in the national capital will receive financial assistance of 5,000 rupees each and his government will also compensate them for the loss of the minimum wage.
The ban on construction and demolition activities was lifted on Monday due to improved air quality and inconvenience to workers.
The Delhi government decided on Wednesday to resume physical classes in schools, colleges and other educational establishments and to reopen government offices from November 29.
The entry ban on trucks, except those performing essential services, will continue until December 3. However, “CNG trucks and electric trucks will be allowed to enter Delhi from November 27”.
On November 13, the city government ordered the closure of all educational institutions, banned construction and demolition activities, and asked its employees to work from home to combat air pollution and minimize its costs. health effects.
Four days later, he extended the restrictions, in addition to banning the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items into Delhi.