India Delhi hits severe pollution levels again, visibility down to 200m; IMD officials say it’s not smog

09:50  07 november  2017
09:50  07 november  2017 Source:   Hindustan Times

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The national capital woke up to a cold foggy morning on Tuesday with visibility dropping to 200 metre at 8.30am. The average air quality index (AQI) also hit 396 (very poor) at 8am, which further peaked by 9.30am to 403 indicating severe pollution level. This is the second time the Capital has hit severe category since Diwali. However, Met officials responding to queries said Delhi was witnessing a spell of fog and not smog.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, individual stations in Delhi-NCR recorded AQIs as high as 446 at 9.30am. Out of 19 monitoring stations in NCR, 12 recorded severe air quality. The lowest AQI was in Gurgaon at 357 at 9.30am, which is classified as very poor.

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  Delhi hits severe pollution levels again, visibility down to 200m; IMD officials say it’s not smog

On social media, people posted images of low visibility in Delhi-NCR. “Alarming level of smog in Delhi. Any decent govt would have shut down the city. Stay safe, stay indoors (sic)!” a Twitter user said.

According to the graded response action plan, when AQI hits severe levels, agencies including the state pollution control committees, municipal corporations, transport departments, and resident welfare associations are supposed to take counter measures. These include, enhancing public transport services with differential pricing to encourage off-peak hour travel, and increasing the frequency of mechanized cleaning of roads and sprinkling of water on roads.

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Areas close to Shadipur, in west Delhi, had the worst air quality at 9.30am, with a severe AQI of 446. The primary pollutant here was PM2.5, which is considered a finer and more dangerous pollutant.

Anand Vihar area, which is usually highly polluted, also had severe air quality with an AQI of 405. However, the primary pollutant here was PM10.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said visibility in the capital was at 200m around 5.30am on Tuesday, and it had not improved till 8.30am. “It may clear up by 10.30am,” a Met official said adding that temperatures had dropped to 17 degrees Celsius early on Tuesday.

In Noida, AQI was 430 at 9.30am. Low visibility in the city resulted in slow traffic. Long traffic queues were seen on the Delhi-Noida-Delhi Flyway and Noida-Greater Noida expressway from 8am as the rush hour for work began.

“It usually takes me 20 minutes to cover the DND but today, I drove for 45 minutes today,” said Dhruv Gupta, a Jangpura based IT professional.

Noida Traffic Police said that traffic congestion was noticed near the Noida Gate and sector 16 A flyover. “Due to low visibility, there was traffic congestion. However, we are trying to clear roads as soon as possible,” said Layak Singh, traffic inspector, Noida Police.

Areas close to Shadipur, in west Delhi, had the worst air quality at 9.30am, with a severe AQI of 446. The primary pollutant here was PM2.5, which is considered a finer and more dangerous pollutant.

The fog condition began on Monday night as mist covered the city and pollution levels shot up. Reports also poured in that visibility was at its lowest in several parts of the city and the hazy air could even be spotted inside Delhi Metro stations.

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