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Delhi holds its breath again as air quality drops to very bad levels



Delhi's air pollution worsened days after a series of emergency measures were introduced. (19659002) New Delhi:

The air quality level in Delhi fell into the "very bad" category last night after the amount of harmful pollutants skyrocketed. The spike comes after fireworks burst at Dussehra celebrations, even after repeated appeals by authorities to hold eco-friendly celebrations.

On Saturday night, a haze engulfed the city as the air quality dropped.

A Central Pollution Control Board officials said a number of other factors were also responsible for the deterioration in air quality, including pollution and construction, as well as meteorological factors such as the wind direction that now stems from the stubble fields.

Environmental pollution in the capital shot up days after the introduction of a series of government emergency measures to combat air pollution.

The Central Pollution Control Board had said that with a drop in air quality, parking fees would be increased to "very bad" by three to four times current prices and the frequency of subway and bus services will increase.

When air quality falls into the "heavy" category, addition National measures are introduced, such as increasing the frequency of street spraying of water and identifying high-dust roads.

When the pollution level reaches "strictly +", the authorities will stop the entry of trucks other than the essential vehicles and regulate the number of cars on the road. In such a situation, they will also stop construction and set up a task force to decide on further steps, including the closure of schools.

The pollution in Delhi and the neighboring areas stagnates around this time because farmers burn after the stubble disaster crop in Punjab and Haryana and Diwali Kracher. NASA satellite imagery shows an increasing deforestation of paddy stubble in both states.

(With input from PTI)

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