Delhi’s air high quality stays extreme

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 10

While strict directions of the NGT and the newly-appointed Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) are expected to bring some relief to the Delhi-NCR residents struggling with the toxic smog, meteorologists are not expecting any immediate relief in the next seven to 10 days. Rather, they fear the situation may worsen with winds changing direction in next couple of days.

Skymet’s Mahesh Palawat says, “The first strong Western Disturbance is expected around November 12. This will lead to formation of a cyclonic circulation over northern plains (Punjab and Haryana) and change in direction of winds from northwest to southeast, adding more humidity in the air and existing smog-conducive factors like light winds and pollutants.”

There is a possibility of rain in Delhi-NCR around November 15 and 16. If it is moderate to intense, pollutants will be washed away. Light rain will add to factors building pollution, he says. The CAQM in the NCR and the adjoining areas listed out 10 immediate measures while stressing the need to strictly enforce standard operating procedures to minimise pollution on.

Vehicles ply on a road amid low visibility due to heavy smog in New Delhi on Tuesday. Manas Ranjan Bhui

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