Delhi’s air quality improves further, comes down to ‘poor’ category

Delhi’s air quality improves further, comes down to ‘poor’ category

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s air quality continued to improve on Sunday with the pollution level coming down to ‘poor’ category after oscillating between ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ for nearly three weeks, authorities said.nnThe overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 231 on Sunday which falls in ‘poor’ category.nnOn Friday, the AQI was recorded at 370, which came down to 336 on Saturday, according to data of the Central Pollution Control Board.nnOn Sunday, the PM2.5 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres) level was recorded at 106, while the PM10 (particles in the air with a diameter of less than 10 micrometres) was recorded at 198.nnAn AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.nnAuthorities have attributed the improvement in air quality to control measures and meteorological conditions but they have also warned of deterioration of air quality to ‘severe’ levels from Monday.nnDelhi authorities have stepped up efforts to combat pollution which includes measures like halting construction activities and regulating traffic.nnThere is a halt on all construction activities involving excavation. Civil construction has also been suspended in Delhi and other NCR districts, besides closure of all stone crushers and hot mix plants generating dust pollution.nnThe Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has also directed the Transport Department and the Traffic Police to intensify checking of polluting vehicles and control travel congestion in the region during November 1-10.nnAn aggressive 10-day-long ‘Clean Air Campaign’ from November 1-10 has also been launched to monitor and report polluting activities as well as to ensure quick action.nnA total penalty of Rs 80 lakh was imposed on violators Friday and Saturday by the teams deployed to monitor implementation of measures to combat pollution in Delhi-NCR under the campaign.nnThese teams are visiting different parts of Delhi and adjacent towns of Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Noida.nnBased on 465 complaints, a total fine of Rs 41,82,500 was imposed Saturday itself by 52 teams in the national capital, which has witnessed deteriorating air quality in the past two weeks, the Central Pollution Control Board said.nnThe highest number of complaints were related to illegal construction and demolition activities, the CPCB said.nnOn Friday, a total of 576 complaints were received and a fine of Rs 38,68,500 was imposed, the CPCB said.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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