Atmosphere Minister Gopal Rai on Friday mentioned that Delhi’s air high quality had deteriorated on account of a surge in farm fires and a few individuals bursting firecrackers on function on Diwali regardless of a ban on it. He alleged that the BJP made individuals burst firecrackers on Diwali on Thursday.
Rai mentioned Delhi’s base air pollution has remained the identical. Solely two elements have been added firecrackers and stubble burning. “Numerous individuals didn’t burst firecrackers. I thank all of them. However some individuals burst firecrackers on function. The BJP made them do it,” he advised reporters right here. The minister mentioned the variety of farm fires has risen to three,500 and its impression is seen in Delhi.
In response to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air high quality forecast company SAFAR, stubble burning accounted for 36 per cent of Delhi’s PM2.5 on Friday, the best up to now this season. “The general air high quality of Delhi plunged to the higher finish of the extreme class with further firework emissions… The share of stubble emissions has peaked immediately at 36 per cent,” mentioned Gufran Beig, the founder mission director of SAFAR. On Thursday, farm fires accounted for 25 per cent of Delhi’s PM2.5 air pollution.
Final 12 months, the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s air pollution had peaked at 42 per cent on November 5. In 2019, crop residue burning accounted for 44 per cent of Delhi’s PM2.5 air pollution on November 1. The contribution of stubble burning to Delhi’s PM2.5 focus was 32 per cent on Diwali final 12 months as in comparison with 19 per cent in 2019.
A thick layer of acrid smog engulfed the Delhi-NCR area on Friday following the rampant bursting of firecrackers on Diwali night time amid a speedy enhance in fumes from stubble burning. Forward of the festive season, the Delhi authorities had introduced an entire ban on firecrackers until January 1, 2022. It ran an aggressive marketing campaign in opposition to the sale and use of firecrackers.
Delhi’s air high quality index (AQI), which entered the ‘extreme’ class final night time, continued its upward development and stood at 462 at 12 pm on Friday. The neighbouring cities of Faridabad (460), Larger Noida (423), Ghaziabad (450), Gurugram (478) and Noida (466) additionally recorded ‘extreme’ air high quality at 12 pm.
An AQI between zero and 50 is taken into account ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘passable’, 101 and 200 ‘reasonable’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘extreme’.