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Despite all the measures in Delhi, the air quality did not improve. On Saturday morning, the air quality remained in critical condition in many areas of Delhi-NCR. Areas such as Punjabi Bagh and Piragadhi recorded an air quality index of over 400.
The air quality index of Bawana at 4 am was recorded at 445, Anand Vihar 435, DTU 429, Dwarka 407, ITO 432 and IGI 387.
Due to the smog prevailing in the strong winds, air quality is in critical condition in Delhi as well as cities like Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad. PM 2.5, which shows the status of pollution, is above 400 in most cities, while it should be below 100.
Anti-smog guns are also being sprayed with water to reduce pollution. For the past several days, anti-smog guns are being sprayed at various places in Delhi-NCR to prevent pollution.
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Straw's increased contribution to bad air
According to Safar, the air standards body of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, about 3,225 stubble burns were recorded in the neighboring states of Delhi on Thursday. Particulate matter (PM) 2.5 generated from this accounted for about 21% of the pollution.
The highest share of the season was recorded 42 per cent, with 4,135 stubble burning incidents a day earlier. The previous figure was 40 percent on Sunday and 36 percent on last Thursday. There has been improvement in PM10 and PM2.5 levels of polluted elements.
In this episode, where PM10 498 was recorded on Thursday, the figure was 381 on Friday. The PM2.5 figure was 336 a day earlier, while it fell to 231 on Friday. According to Safar, pollution in Delhi has improved marginally on Friday due to the wind direction towards the northern direction, although the situation is still critical.
According to Safar, even in the coming days, the level of air can reach very poor category from severe category, but people will not get rid of pollution for long time. In view of this, Safar has issued a warning, urging people to leave the house or stay in the house only when necessary work is done. Along with this, the city of morning and evening is also advised to be closed for some time. Also children, elderly and pregnant women have been asked to pay special attention.
19 hotspot zones included in Red Zone
A day later on Friday, the hotspot areas in the capital remained in severe category. It recorded air quality index in severe category at 19 places. The worst air was recorded in Jahangirpuri. The average air quality index here stood at 460.
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