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According to the daily AQI bulletin provided by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Delhi’s average air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 266. According to a release issued by the Environment Ministry, due to adverse weather and climate conditions, there is a possibility that the average AQI will reach ‘very poor’ category on October 23 and 24.
The statement also said that as per the forecast of weather/meteorological conditions and air quality provided by IMD/IITM, the average AQI of Delhi on October 23 and 24, 2023 is ‘Very Poor’ due to adverse weather and climate conditions. There is a possibility of falling to the category.
However, according to SAFAR, the current air quality in the national capital has already fallen into the ‘very poor’ category and the AQI is currently 302. According to SAFAR data, the air quality in Delhi University is at 330 while the AQI at the airport (T3) is at 313.
According to the AQI scale, air quality tests between 0 and 50 as “good”, between 51 and 100 as “satisfactory”, between 101 and 200 as “moderate”, between 201 and 300 as “poor”. 301 and 400 are considered “very bad”, and 401 and 450 are considered “severe”.
These will be affected when GRAP-2 is implemented
To prevent further deterioration in air quality, the sub-committee of the Air Quality Management Commission on Saturday decided to implement an 11-point action plan as per Phase-2 of the revised GRAP in the entire National Capital Region.
Talking about the changes in GRAP-2, the government takes steps like increasing parking charges and increasing the frequency of CNG/electric buses and metro to discourage the use of private vehicles.
The directive states that people should use public transport and minimize the use of private vehicles, using technology.
Know what instructions have been given
It says that even if it takes a little more time, one should use less congested routes and regularly change the air filters of one’s vehicles.
Avoid dust generating construction activities during the months of October to January. Do not burn biomass and solid waste in the open. The administration has also banned tandoors running on coal and wood. Along with this, common people have also been advised to use metro and public vehicles.
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