News Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: Sushil Kumar Kumar
Updated on Sun, Nov 7, 2021 8:37 am IST
CPCB experts say the situation is approaching emergency. No major changes are expected until Monday. Increasing the wind speed can reduce the level of pollution. Despite this, the level of contamination will continue to improve and worsen.
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Approximately 55 thousand square kilometers of Delhi-NCR are covered in white ‘Ujala Darkha’ smoke. The air from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh to Jind in Haryana was polluted to a “severe” level. On Saturday, Ghaziabad was the most polluted city in the country. At the same time, Noida and Gurugram remained the second and third most polluted cities. Pollution control agencies had said there will be no relief even on Sunday.
Situation close to the emergency
According to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Ghaziabad’s 24-hour average air quality index was recorded at 466 on Saturday. Meanwhile, the pollution level in many areas of the city remained between 500 and 600. On the other hand, Noida became the second most polluted city with an index of 461. At the same time, the air quality of Gurugram was registered at 456. CPCB experts say the situation is approaching emergency. No major changes are expected until Monday. Increasing the wind speed can reduce the level of pollution. Despite this, the level of contamination will continue to improve and worsen.
Delhi’s air is more harmful than cigarette smoke
Randeep Guleria, director of the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said the air in Delhi has become more harmful than cigarette smoke. He warned that contamination can also increase corona cases. Due to pollution, people’s lives have also been greatly reduced. The director of AIIMS said that the severity of Kovid increases significantly in contaminated areas. Patients have more inflammation in the lungs. Due to which the crown case may increase.
Higher proportion of stubble, wind speed drives pollution level
According to SAFAR, in the last 24 hours on Saturday there have been more than 5,000 incidents of stubble burning in neighboring states. This is the highest stubble burning incident this season. The direction of the winds blowing over Delhi-NCR is also northwest. Because of this, the share of stubble smoke in Delhi’s pollution has risen to 41 percent. On Friday, the figure was 36 percent. The good news is that pollution has spread due to high wind speeds. Because of this, there has been a slight decrease in the average air quality index of other cities, including Delhi, on Saturday.