Delhi pollution reaches record levels in November, AQI ‘severe’ for 11 days
- Delhi has been witnessing record levels of pollution in November 2021
- The AQI remained severe for 11 consecutive days
- The situation is expected to improve from November 29
Delhi has been experiencing the worst levels of pollution in the month of November this year, as per the findings of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The region’s air quality did not go below the severe mark for 11 days, which is the highest since the CPCB started keeping and maintaining a detailed record, as per the pollution watchdog.
On Saturday, the average air quality index was recorded at the severe mark (402), taking the tally to 11 days. This broke the record which was set on November 16 when the air quality remained severe for a period of 10 consecutive days.
The streak lasted for nine days last year, a number which was seven in 2019. In 2018, the national capital’s air quality remained severe for 5 consecutive days.
This year, the people of Delhi have not breathed ‘moderate’ air for even a single day since the beginning of November.
Experts suggest that multiple factors have contributed to the capital’s poor air quality. This includes the late withdrawal of monsoon and delay in stubble burning.
On top of that, the large contribution from local pollutants in the region of Delhi NCR does not help either.
However, residents can expect to breathe easier beginning November 29 because of high wind speed helping improve the air quality index (AQI).
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal spoke about the ban reimposed on construction and demolition activities to control pollution levels. The CM assured all those workers who had to suffer due to the construction ban will be compensated with Rs 5000 each as well as the loss of minimum wages.
Entry of trucks will be banned until December 3, other than those engaged in essential services. Meanwhile, CNG and electric trucks will be allowed entry inside Delhi’s borders from November 27.