New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amidst the increasing air quality crisis in the capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to shut down all the construction activities in the city. he has also ordered the schools to be shut for a week and the government officers to work from due to the dangerous air pollution levels. 

The national capital has been breathing toxic air since a week now and the decision was taken by CM as an effort to control the rising AQI levels and save people from stepping out to breathe in the dangerous smog which has blanketed the city. 

 

The decision came after Supreme Court ordered the Delhi Government to take necessary measures immediately during the scary situation. 

As per System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) data, Delhi's overall air quality on Saturday morning stood at 499, whereas the level of PM 10 and PM 2.5 pollutants in the air was recorded at 134 and 72, respectively.

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data at 9 a.m. recorded an AQI of 468 at Anand Vihar, 484 at ITO, 433 at RK Puram and 452 at Sri Aurobindo's.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', then 401 and between 500 is considered 'severe'.

The Supreme Court on Saturday took a serious view of the severe air pollution in Delhi-NCR and suggested that if needed, the government can declare a two-day lockdown to bring down the levels, which have been caused by stubble burning, vehicles, firecrackers, industries, dust.

The Chief Justice noted that stubble burning by farmers is only responsible for 25 per cent of the pollution, and the remaining 75 per cent pollution was from firecracker burning, vehicular pollution, dust etc.

With IANS inputs.

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal