Delhi’s pollution level sharply spikes ahead of Diwali: Authorities


Delhi’s pollution level sharply spikes ahead of Diwali: Authorities

Delhi’s pollution level sharply spiked Monday as a thick haze engulfed the national capital ahead of Diwali due to high impact of stubble burning and pushed the air quality in the ‘very poor’ category, authorities said. An official with the Centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) said despite moderate wind speed, the pollution in Delhi rose due to stubble burning from the neighbouring states.

“As expected there is a significant intrusion of bio-mass generated pollution in Delhi which is increasing pollution levels and made it very poor in spite of moderate surface wind speed,” he said.

“The contribution of stubble burning to pollution in the national capital is expected to be 24 per cent on Monday,” another official said.

A thick haze also engulfed the national capital which reduced the visibility drastically, authorities said. Read More

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