“Air in the region has finally improved after days of dense smog”: Anti-pollution authority

New Delhi: 

The Supreme Court-mandated anti-pollution authority, EPCA, on Monday requested Delhi and NCR states to step up surveillance and enforcement to examine native sources of air pollution and crop burning in view of a predicted dip in air high quality within the subsequent two-three days.

In a letter to the chief secretaries of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority Chairman Bhure Lal mentioned sizzling combine crops, prepared combine crops and stone crushers will proceed to stay closed in Delhi-NCR.

The Supreme Court had on November four banned building and demolition actions within the area until additional discover.

“The air in the region has finally improved after days of dense and highly hazardous smog. This is the result of high winds and good ventilation index we have seen over the past few days,” Bhure Lal mentioned.

However, he mentioned, the India Meteorological Department has alerted that the subsequent few days — from Tuesday to Thursday — will witness sluggish wind pace and little or no air flow.

Under such circumstances, dispersion of pollution won’t occur and there’s a probability that the air high quality will slip again into the ”very poor” class and even the ”extreme” class, the EPCA chief mentioned.

The scenario will worsen if there’s mild rain, which might be insufficient to clean away the pollution and add to the moisture as an alternative, he mentioned.

“We have seen this in the past week how increased moisture, which traps the pollutants and creates a cloud of haze, leads to a sharp deterioration of air quality,” the letter quoted Bhure Lal as saying.

“It is for this reason, we have to step up surveillance and enforcement (to check) local sources of pollution and crop burning, The Supreme Court has already directed all authorities to ensure tough action against pollution,” he mentioned.

The Supreme Court had on November 15 directed that sizzling spots be cleared of pollution inside per week.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air high quality monitor, SAFAR, knowledgeable EPCA that the wind course will favour intrusion of smoke from stubble burning within the subsequent two days.

“If stubble burning is not checked, then its contribution can increase to up to 13 per cent of the PM2.5 pollutant on Tuesday,” Bhure Lal mentioned.

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