Air quality in Delhi turns 'severe'

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 30, 2016 20:18 hrs
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New Delhi: Air pollution in the national capital on Wednesday brought down the air quality to 'severe' level.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday reached 410 which is labelled 'severe' while it was 368 or 'very poor' on Tuesday and 229 or 'poor' on Monday.

The 'very poor' air quality can lead to illness, while the 'severe' threatens even the healthier lot.

As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), the visibility would continue dropping due to the smog.

Delhi on Wednesday saw excessive smog and particles in the air due to pollution.

"The visibility would drop further and is expected to come down to 150 metres on Thursday. On Wednesday, the visibility at Safdarjung dropped by 500 metres between 2.30 pm and 5 pm," an IMD official said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday held a meeting and decided to install "Induced-draft air treatment systems" at five major traffic intersections in Delhi.

"These units have the potential to reduce carbon monoxide and particulate emission by 40-60 per cent emission in 20-30 metre radius during peak hours of traffic," the Delhi government said in a statement.

The government also directed to immediately implement measures to curb the air pollution.

The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) has been given the mandate to design and implement these solutions.

Sisodia also ordered that DPCC conduct the five studies regarding air pollution along with NEERI.

The solution projected by the government includes study on the feasibility of use of cow dung, sewage sludge, alum sludge for their possible use as fuel pellets, tiles and bricks.

The government would also focus on the design of air pollution control system for green crematorium, brick kilns air pollution control and clean tandoor community kitchen system.

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