The air quality in the national capital remains in the ‘very poor’ category. SAFAR India reports an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 336 in this category. Consequently, haze covered parts of Delhi early this morning. The Delhi University area and Pusa recorded ‘very poor’ air quality with AQI at 391 and 311 respectively as of 7 am today. In the IIT Delhi region, the AQI stood at 329. Similarly, the air quality at the Airport (T3) and Mathura Road was in the very poor category, with AQI of 339 and 362 respectively at 7 am.
This development coincides with the Commission for Air Quality Management’s (CAQM) recent announcement. They have declared that from November 1, only electric, CNG, and BS VI-compliant diesel buses will be permitted to operate between Delhi and the neighboring cities and towns of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan falling in the National Capital Region (NCR). According to the notification, “All state government bus services between any city/town in the state of Haryana and Delhi shall be operated only through EV/CNG/ BS-VI diesel buses w.e.f. 01.11.2023. This shall also be applicable for bus services being operated by State PSUs and private entities etc.”
Pedestrians and residents in Delhi have expressed their discomfort and respiratory issues due to the decline in air quality. A pedestrian noted that breathing while running has become somewhat uncomfortable due to the current pollution levels, particularly when compared to the summer months. The individual frequently experiences congestion and emphasized the importance of being vigilant and taking necessary precautions. Similarly, during a morning walk, another resident pointed out that the air quality has worsened since October, leading to some discomfort caused by the pollution during this period in the city.
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