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Delhi’s air quality deteriorated due to farm fires, bursting of firecrackers: Gopal Rai

A thick layer of acrid smog engulfed the Delhi-NCR area on Friday following the rampant bursting of firecrackers on Diwali night time amid a speedy enhance in fumes from stubble burning

Surroundings Minister Gopal Rai on Friday mentioned that Delhi’s air high quality had deteriorated as a consequence of a surge in farm fires and a few folks bursting firecrackers on objective on Diwali regardless of a ban on it.

He alleged that the BJP made folks burst firecrackers on Diwali on Thursday.

Rai mentioned Delhi’s base air pollution has remained the identical. Solely two components have been added – firecrackers and stubble burning.

“A lot of folks didn’t burst firecrackers. I thank all of them. However some folks burst firecrackers on objective. The BJP made them do it,” he instructed reporters right here.

The minister mentioned the variety of farm fires has risen to three,500 and its impression is seen in Delhi.

Based on the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air high quality forecast company SAFAR, stubble burning accounted for 36 per cent of Delhi’s PM2.5 on Friday, the very best to date this season. “The general air high quality of Delhi plunged to the higher finish of the extreme class with extra firework emissions… The share of stubble emissions has peaked right this moment at 36 per cent,” mentioned Gufran Beig, the founder challenge director of SAFAR.

On Thursday, farm fires accounted for 25 per cent of Delhi’s PM2.5 air pollution.

Final 12 months, the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s air pollution had peaked at 42 per cent on November 5. In 2019, crop residue burning accounted for 44 per cent of Delhi’s PM2.5 air pollution on November 1.

The contribution of stubble burning to Delhi’s PM2.5 focus was 32 per cent on Diwali final 12 months as in comparison with 19 per cent in 2019.

A thick layer of acrid smog engulfed the Delhi-NCR area on Friday following the rampant bursting of firecrackers on Diwali night time amid a speedy enhance in fumes from stubble burning.

Forward of the festive season, the Delhi Authorities had introduced an entire ban on firecrackers until January 1, 2022. It ran an aggressive marketing campaign towards the sale and use of firecrackers.

Delhi’s air high quality index (AQI), which entered the ‘extreme’ class final night time, continued its upward pattern and stood at 462 at 12 pm on Friday.

The neighbouring cities of Faridabad (460), Better Noida (423), Ghaziabad (450), Gurugram (478) and Noida (466) additionally recorded ‘extreme’ air high quality at 12 pm.

An AQI between zero and 50 is taken into account ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘passable’, 101 and 200 ‘average’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘extreme’.

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