Delhi air quality post Diwali in ‘very poor’ category

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New Delhi (NVI): A day after Diwali on October 28, the air quality in Delhi was in the “very poor” category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The air quality index, which measures the concentration of poisonous particulate matter, touched a high 451 in Anand Vihar area, which falls in the “severe” category.

The air quality in ,most of the places in the national capital was in the “very poor” category.

When the air quality is severe, it affects the healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

Notably, the air quality worsens in many parts of the north India during this season of the year due to Diwali and burning of farm residue by farmers in the areas bordering Delhi.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has adopted Ludhiana, Barnala and Patiala districts in Punjab, and Rohtak, Sirsa and Fatehabad in Haryana to facilitate zero stubble burning.

Among a host of measures to curb pollution, the city government of New Delhi has decided to restrict the use of private cars between Nov. 4-15.

-sb/rb