Smoggy times due to stubble burning give Delhi that choking sensation yet again

New Delhi: Due to the pollution of stubble, the climate of the capital has started deteriorating again. The air quality index in eight areas of Delhi reached above 300 ie ‘very poor’ category on Saturday and with the return of monsoon, stubble smog has once again suffocated Delhi.

However, the air quality index is expected to improve marginally in the next few days due to light to moderate intensity rain that lashed Delhi-NCR on Sunday. According to the report of the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the air quality index in the capital Delhi reached the ‘very poor’ category on Saturday and PM 2.5 also returned.

For the past few days, incidents of stubble burning have also started increasing in neighboring states, due to which the air of Delhi has started deteriorating. The withdrawal of monsoon this year from North India including Delhi was delayed. Monsoon clouds have officially cleared from Delhi on October 8. With this the wind direction has turned north-west. At the same time, incidents of burning of paddy crop residue i.e. stubble have increased in the fields of Punjab and Haryana.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi’s average air quality index stood at 284 points on Saturday. This level of air is classified as poor. A day earlier i.e. on Friday, the Air Quality Index was 198 points. Within a day, the index has risen by 84 points.

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