Delhi, 28 Oct: As the festival of lights is around the corner to brighten your life, smog in capital is also on its way to curtail the gleam of the featival. The air quality that Delhites are surviving in, has already reached to its “lowest” level, violating the hazardous “red zone” for the first time in the season.
The city’s air quality index (AQI) has touched 318. When an AQI reading is more than 300, the air quality is considered very poor. This reading is based on the findings of the CPCB and SAFAR.
However, other factors like pre-Diwali traffic, smoke from crop fires and changing weather conditions also contributed to touch the index. The onset of the winters is also likely to worsen the condition the of the city and as the Diwali in sight, there seems no immediate respite.
Dussehra celebrations have also contributed to the pollution levels this month.
Shockingly, the US Embassy which is located in the slightly less polluted area in Chanakyapuri also showed “unhealthy” air quality levels with an index of 177 as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The Delhi authorities should take strict note on this issue and take immediate steps to improve the poor quality of air for rescure of Dehi residents.