Delhi Emerges As The Most Polluted City In Skymet’s Finding
Delhi becomes the most polluted city in the world with its Air Quality Index (AQI) touching 527 mark. A private weather forecasting agency Skymet studied that AQI of Delhi and its neighboring areas before making this declaration. The report also mentions Kolkata and Mumbai as the fifth and ninth most polluted cities with AQIs of 161 and 153 respectively.
Skymet weather forecast report
The report terms the weather in the NCR as “hazardous”. If further states that the situation is prevailing for the past nine days and that it has been the longest spell since the AQI-record keeping started.
AQI record of different areas of NCR:
• Lodhi Road area (AQI of 660)
• Faridabad (AQI of 708)
• Moti Nagar (AQI of 650)
• Paschim Vihar (AQI of 629)
What is the condition of air quality in Delhi and NCR?
Air quality in Delhi and surrounding areas of the capital has been deteriorating since the Diwali weekend. Today the city is reeling under a thick layer of dangerous smog. The AamAadmi Party (AAP) has blamed stubble burning in neighboring Haryana and Punjab for the deteriorating air quality of Delhi.
The Supreme Court reprimanded the Delhi Government and also questioned the efficacy of the Odd-Even scheme of automobile rationing in Delhi.
Measures taken to control the AQI of Delhi
Environment Pollution (Control & Prevention) Authority (EPCA) ordered closure of schools and industries not running on clean fuel for two days to keep a tab over the worsening AQI of Delhi and NCR. Skymet has also listed neighboring Pakistan, Nepal, China and Vietnam as countries facing severe air quality.