Not just air pollution, Delhi-NCR battles water pollution as well

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A day after light spells of rain, Delhi’s air quality continues to remain in the “severe” category on Monday, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

The overall air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 490, which comes under the severe category. As per experts, the severe category affects the health of healthy individuals and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.

Meanwhile, Delhi has yet another challenge to face as the pollution level in river Yamuna has increased to a very high level. Toxic foam was seen blanketing the river in Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj Area.

Earlier, in a bid to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from worsening owing to poor air quality, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the National Capital Region from midnight of November 9 to midnight of November 30.

However, many people were seen flouting the order and crackers were burst across the national capital. This worsened the air quality in Delhi with people waking up to severe air pollution the next day.

Stubble burning, cracker bursting, and unfavourable meteorological conditions have collectively led to Delhi recording the worst pollution levels on Diwali in the last four years. The air quality on the next day after Diwali was also reported to be the poorest since 2016.

On Diwali, almost all pollutants were reported in higher values, as compared to Diwali in 2019, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said in a report, filed before the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

After receiving rainfall, it was expected that the AQI would improve in the national capital, however, it remained in the severe and very poor category in various parts. Slight improvement in AQI was witnessed in some regions of Delhi.

(With ANI inputs)

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