Air Quality in Delhi remains 'very poor', AQI at 382
New Delhi : Days after the air quality deteriorated drastically post Diwali, the air quality in Delhi remained 'very poor' with AQI reading 382 on Wednesday morning, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
The air quality had gone to 'hazardous' on Diwali night and marginally improved on Tuesday to come under 'very poor' category.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has suggested measures to improve the air quality in the national capital.
Increasing frequency of mechanised cleaning of road and sprinkling of water on roads, identifying road stretches with high dust generation, ensuring that all brick kilns remain closed in Delhi-NCR as per the directions of National Green Tribunal were some of the measures mentioned in the CPCB order copy.
The official notification further asked the officials concerned to ensure that all hot mix plants and stone crushers in Delhi-NCR remain closed. It further directed to maximise the generation of power from existing natural gas-based plants to reduce the operation of coal-based power plants in the NCR (Badarpur power plant already shut down).
The primary reason behind poor air quality of the national capital has been blamed on stubble farming in neighbouring states – Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.