Delhi Air Quality still ‘Unhealthy’

New Delhi (NVI): The air quality in National Capital Region remained in the “Unhealthy” category for the second consecutive day today because of high humidity but it was likely to improve during the day, officials said.

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Meanwhile, Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javdekar today chairs a meeting to review Air pollution mitigation efforts with the senior officials of State Governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab here.

The air quality is expected for further improve during the sunlight hours, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said.

The boundary layer winds coming from the north-northwest for the next three days augur well for air quality in the national capital region, SAFAR said in a statement.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) air quality index, which measures the concentration of poisonous particulate matter, however reported in the “unhealthy” category, including a high of 233 in Okhla area here.

Meanwhile, to control factors contributing to pollution, Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev has directed various implementing agencies to check encroachments on major traffic corridors, remove construction and demolition (C&D) waste, and close down polluting industries by November 13.

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