The overall air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the “very poor” category, although several areas of the national capital recorded severe Air Quality Index (AQI), which affects people in good health. health and seriously affects people with existing diseases. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the IQA at Anand Vihar, Jahangirpuri, Mundka, RK Puram, Rohini and Vivek Vihar was 401 and 500, which is classified as “serious”.
Authorities predicted that the AQI in Delhi is expected to improve significantly from Sunday due to relatively strong winds.
On Saturday morning, the national capital’s AQI was recorded at 377 in the morning and 374 in the evening – slightly better on Friday at 370 – according to the CPCB. The IQA in the neighboring capital areas of Ghaziabad (346), Gurgaon (348), Noida (357), Greater Noida (320) and Faridabad (347) was also recorded in the “very poor” category.
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An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very bad”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.
In another move aimed at controlling growing air pollution, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has allowed commuters to stand up and travel on subways and buses to allow more people to use transportation systems. city public instead of private vehicles.
The DDMA said in its order that 30 standing passengers will be allowed in each metro car. The maximum number of passengers allowed to travel standing will be 50% of the seating capacity on Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Cluster buses, he added.
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Until now, Delhi’s subways and buses were only allowed to run with full seating capacity in order to reduce congestion in order to control the spread of Covid-19.
To control air pollution, the Delhi government has also announced a ban on entry into the city of trucks carrying non-essential items and the closure of schools and colleges until further notice.
The government also ordered that all its employees working from home for government services and construction and demolition work be banned until November 21.