New Delhi: India’s federal pollution control board has ordered states and local authorities to be in “complete readiness” for emergency measures to deal with New Delhi’s deteriorating fog conditions due to falling temperature and wind speed.
A thick haze of toxic fog hung over the Indian capital, exacerbated by a sting in the burning of crop debris in surrounding countryside.
It reduced visibility and the Air Quality Index (AQI) hit 470 on a scale of 500, according to the federal pollution control board. This level of pollution means that the air will affect healthy people and severely affect those with existing diseases.
According to the Pollution Board’s Graded Response Action Plan, air quality remaining “severe” for 48 hours is to encourage states and local bodies to impose emergency measures that include closing schools, imposing “odd” restrictions on private cars based on their license plates. , and stopping all construction.
In a circular late Friday, in Dehli’s time, the board said the government and private offices should reduce the use of private transport by 30 per cent and advised the city’s residents to limit outdoor exposure.
“Meteorological conditions will be very unfavorable for spread of pollutants until November 18, 2021, due to low winds with calm conditions during the night,” the board said.
Earlier this week, local authorities ordered a shutdown of brick kilns, increased the frequency of mechanized cleaning and suppression against rubbish and dust.
The concentration of toxic PM2.5 particulate matter averaged 329 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The government prescribes a “safe” PM2.5 reading at 60 micrograms per cubic meter of air for a period of 24 hours.
PM2.5 is small enough to travel deep into the lungs, enter the bloodstream and can cause severe respiratory illnesses, including lung cancer.