NEW DELHI :
WITH the air quality in Delhi and surrounding areas hovering in the “severe” and “very poor” categories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the pollution situation in northern India. “PM Narendra Modi chaired a meeting in which the situation arising due to pollution in various parts of northern India was discussed,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted. The Prime Minister also reviewed the situation arising due to cyclone conditions in parts of western India.
The meet on pollution comes after back-to-back review meetings held by P K Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, with top officials of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana on Sunday and Monday. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi’s Air Quality Index dropped from 365 at 9.45 AM to 331 at 3.45 PM on Tuesday. In the National Capital Region, Greater Noida (348), Noida (358), Ghaziabad (351), Faridabad (311) and Gurgaon (328) also recorded improvement in air quality. An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’.
An AQI above 500 falls in the ‘severe plus’ category. Delhi slowly recovering from air-pollution emergency, thanks to increased wind speed: DELHI’S air quality improved further on Tuesday, giving respite to people suffering from acute pollution for a week and the trend is likely to continue for a couple of days. The India Meteorological Department said winds gusting up to 25 kmph were flushing out pollutants faster.