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Delhi’s air quality drops again to severe category; States meet to discuss strategy to check pollution

The air quality in the national capital deteriorated to the severe category on Tuesday and the Delhi government suggested implementing work from home policy in Delhi-NCR and closing down industries as part of measures to deal with the pollution crisis during a meeting with other northern states.

The Supreme Court, which had instructed the Commission For Air Quality Management to hold the joint meeting regarding the pollution levels in Delhi, will hear the matter on Wednesday.

Delhi’s air quality was again in the severe category with the 24-hour average AQI recorded at 403 after remaining in the ‘very poor’ category till Tuesday morning, when the AQI was recorded at 396.

The air quality index in neighbouring cities was also in the ‘very poor category — Ghaziabad (356), Greater Noida (361), Gurugram (369) and Noida (397) — at 4 PM.

According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor SAFAR, the AQI will likely remain at the lower end of ‘severe’ on Wednesday.

“Surface winds are likely to be very calm with a low ventilation index pushing AQI to severe by tomorrow and fluctuate between severe to an upper end of very poor thereafter until November 18.

Source
ET Energy World
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