Pollution 20 times above safe level in Delhi: Pollution Control Board

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The Hush Post| 10:50 am| 1-min-read 

The level of pollution was about 20 times above safe level as prescribed by the WHO on Monday morning at south Delhi’s Okhla. The data was given by the Delhi Pollution Control Board.The levels of the pollutant PM 2.5 was at a “severe” 644 or over 20 times the safe limit, the data revealed. PM2.5 are fine particles that can penetrate lungs and cause respiratory diseases.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) around Mandir Marg recorded PM 10 levels at 707 and PM 2.5 at 663. PM 10 levels were 681 and 676 around Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, respectively.This level of AQI is considered hazardous.
“The AQI (air quality index) is predicted to be in the lower range of very poor today,” an official of the centre-run System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) told news agency PTI.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 231 on Sunday which falls in the ‘poor’ category.
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology said stubble-burning in the northwest region of India was significantly less on Saturday.
“The effect of stubble burning in the NW (north-west) India is likely to impact Delhi and AQI may reach the upper end of the very poor category,” the The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology ( IITM) said.
The Transport Department and the traffic police have been asked to intensify checking of polluting vehicles .The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has urged Delhiites to use public transport to lessen pollution.
Construction work involving excavation has been banned. Use of stone-crushers and hot-mix plants that generate dust have also been asked to be stopped .

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