The thick smog cover over Delhi seems to have temporarily dissipated but there has been no change in the air pollution levels in the national capital. According to data provided by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the particulate matter has slightly worsened in comparison with yesterday. Tuesday’s figures were pegged at PM2.5 622 µgm-3, an increase of 34 µgm-3 from Monday, and PM10 808 µgm-3, down from 844 µgm-3.
According to a MeT department official, the visibility was recorded at 300 metres at 5.30 AM, which improved to 700 metres three hours later. Relative humidity was recorded at 77 percent at 8.30 AM. “The skies are expected to remain clear during the day. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 28 degrees Celsius,” the official said. Yesterday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 29.2 degrees Celsius and 14 degrees Celsius respectively.
On Monday, Union Minister for Environment Anil Madhav Dave chaired a meeting of environment ministers from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Dave said 80 per cent of the pollution in Delhi was derived from the city itself, and the remaining 20 per cent from crop burning in neighbouring states. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that farmers burning crop stubble in Haryana and Punjab seems to have a direct effect on the worsening pollution levels in Delhi. Meanwhile, New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) workers began sprinkling water on the roads, in line with Delhi government’s measures to curb pollution rising from dust.
With PTI inputs