New Delhi, Oct 30: In a bid to control air pollution, Graded Response Action Plan will be implemented in the national capital from November 1.
Environment Pollution Control Authority, Chairman Bhure Lal made the announcement on Tuesday and said that “let us hope Delhi air pollution situation doesn’t deteriorate or else will have to stop plying of private vehicles, only public transport will be used”.
Today, the air quality in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) deteriorated further after an overnight spike in Particulate Matter (PM) with experts warning people to abstain from any form of brisk physical activity even indoors.
The city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 11 a.m. was 398 points against 367 points on Monday and 366 on Sunday and in the “severe” category.
However, it varied in different parts of the city.
The AQI for Ghaziabad was worst in the entire NCR region at 444 points, increased by 14 points from Monday and remains in the “severe” category.
In Gurugram, the AQI was 422, while it was 410 in Noida.
In Anand Vihar, the AQI was 450 which will affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing diseases. Similarly, at the same time, the AQI at Rohini was 451 and at Jahangirpuri it was 453, worst in the entire NCR.
PM2.5 for the national capital was 261 points while PM10 was 471 points, whereas, in Delhi NCR, PM2.5 was 254 and PM10 was 458 points.
As per the Central Pollution Control Board, for severe air quality, PM2.5 must be between 250-300 or PM10 between 430-500.
The city witnessed a thick layer of haze on today morning which affected visibility.