PM chairs meeting on air pollution, cyclone Maha

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New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 5, chaired a meeting and discussed on the situation arising due to pollution in various parts of Northern India.

According to a tweet from the PMO, the Prime Minister also reviewed the situation arising due to cyclone Maha in western India.

Meanwhile. the air quality in the National Capital Region showed a slight improvement from “severe” to “very poor” due to favourable wind direction which helped reduce the smog.

However, the biomass fire counts on November 4 was highest of the season with 4962, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). 

“High surface and boundary layer wind are forecasted for today this will improve air quality drastically during the sunny day hours,” said SAFAR. 

The SAFAR also said that fresh Western disturbance is approaching north India and it is expected that by early November 7 there will be change in wind direction which will reduce stubble fire transport. Also, some rainfall is expected to further improve the AQI from very poor to poor category by November 8.   

On November 4, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, PK Mishra once again reviewed the measures taken by the States of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to curb air pollution. He sought to know the details of additional measures taken to check fresh cases of fire and stubble burning in these States during the last 24 hours.

A day earlier, Mishra had held a high-level review meeting with the senior officials of three states through video conferencing in the view of deteriorating air quality.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government started the odd-even scheme as a measure to fight air pollution.

–ps