Delhi Saw The Worst Air Quality Of This Season On Sunday

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The experts have however, claimed the high readings might have been a technical glitch despite the fact that air-quality of the region was "very-poor".

The Air Quality Index showed that air quality was at the "hazardous" level in one part of Delhi and at the "unhealthy" level in other parts yesterday afternoon.

The decline in air quality has been attributed to vehicular pollution, construction dust as well as stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab, said authorities.

Air in the national capital has already been "very poor" on the air quality index (AQI) in the past few days and conditions are likely to worsen further, as per the predictions made by the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) forecasting system and Safar.

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Delhi on Sunday recorded season's worst air quality at 381 which falls under the category of "very poor".

According to the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) monitoring station, the major effluent PM2.5 or particles with diameter less than 2.5mm was 1,515 microgrammes per cubic metres at 10 am, which dropped to 1,295 units by 3 pm and 1,290 units by 6 pm in Faridabad.

Out of 48 monitored station across NCR (including Delhi), only four had "moderate to poor" air quality while 18 stations has "severe or severe-plus" air quality and 26 were "very-poor".

The environment ministry is implementing a Comprehensive Action Plan for the first time to combat air pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas in the long run.

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"Delhi needs to reduce pollution by 74 per cent to meet clean air standards. The weather conditions include wind direction, temperature etc", he said.

Sunday's maximum temperature settled at 32.1 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 15.6 degrees Celsius, both the season's average.

"Punjab is not liable for pollution in Delhi".

It also asked people to go for shorter walks instead of jogs, keep windows closed and wear masks while stepping outside.

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The recommendations of the health advisory included people with heart or lung diseases, older adults and children to avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. "The challenge is the capability and capacity of the government to do proper enforcement", said Ms Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director of the Centre for Science and Environment.

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