Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) officials said the air quality is likely to worsen on Thursday due to burning of effigies across the region the previous night. Meteorological factors are also not helping to disperse the pollution, as the wind speed dropped to 8 km/hr on Wednesday, from 11 km/hr the previous day.
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Teri village station recorded ‘moderate’ AQI at 197 on Wednesday, while it was worse at Vikas Sadan (274). Data was not available at Sector 51 and Goalpahari stations.
According to CPCB guidelines, people with lung, asthma and heart problems may experience breathing discomfort when the AQI is in the ‘moderate’ category. At ‘poor’ AQI, most people may experience shortness of breath with prolonged exposure.
Subhash Tiwari, research associate at the Amity Center for Air Pollution, said, “Adverse weather conditions, coupled with effigy burning, have worsened the air quality. If the wind speed does not improve, it will worsen in the next few days.” control
Meanwhile, a senior HSPCB official said, “Air quality is deteriorating due to low wind speed. This will continue for some time due to effigy burning in some parts of the city as people celebrate Dussehra. All measures are under Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in place.” . Civic authorities and other departments are taking adequate steps to control dust pollution.”
The first phase of GRAP was implemented on Wednesday. The CAQM has ordered a halt to construction and demolition activities in projects with an area of 500 square meters or more that are yet to be registered on the state’s web portal for dust control.