On the current situation on air quality in NCR and actions taken and foreseen

New Delhi, October 31, 2018

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the coming days could see a sharp deterioration in air quality in Delhi-NCR. This is because there is a western disturbance system in the north of India which is bringing moisture, and a cyclonic system on the eastern side which is suppressing winds. Besides this, there is increased burning of paddy straw in Punjab and Haryana, as is evident in images released by the NASA in US; the direction of the wind is now from the northwest. All this, combined with Delhi-NCR’s own pollution sources, could lead to a spike in pollution in the coming 10 days.

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