Time To Avoid New Year Fireworks? Air Quality In Delhi Shows No Signs Of Improvement 
Time To Avoid New Year Fireworks? Air Quality In Delhi  Shows No Signs Of Improvement Representative Image of Delhi Pollution (Priyanka Parashar/Mint via Getty Images)

Weather conditions continue to remain unpleasant in Delhi as the air quality was classified under the ‘severe’ bracket on the fourth consecutive day. The air quality index points in Delhi currently stands at 416, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The data says that 25 areas of the capital have severe pollution levels. On Sunday (23 December), Delhi’s AQI stood at 450, second highest in the year.

Business Standard quoted SAFAR, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research as saying, “Recovery got delayed mainly due to slowing of wind speed, leading to persistence of fog which rapidly multiplied finer particles, leading to rapid increase in PM2.5 and even PM1. Improvement is expected from late Tuesday evening only when radiation fog get dissipated with sufficient sunshine.”

The severe conditions are expected to continue till Tuesday (25 December). Due to the severe levels of pollution, industrial work and construction work in the Delhi-NCR region will remain closed till Wednesday (26 December). Traffic police have been deploying special teams to make sure that congestion-free vehicle movement takes place on the roads.

Furthermore, SAFAR said, “If the room has windows, close them, if the air conditioner provides a fresh air intake option then choose it, avoid burning anything such as wood, candle or even an incense stick,” Business Standard reported.

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