Increase in stubble burning, Delhiites breathe in 'severe' air

Increase in stubble burning, Delhiites breathe in severe air

New Delhi : Delhi government on Tuesday said the stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab has increased in the past 24 hours adding up to the deteriorating air quality in the national capital region. According to latest images by NASA, the incidents of stubble burning have gone up from 1654 to 2577 in the past 24 hours, said the office of Delhi Environment minister. NASA images show a drastic spurt in crop residue burnings in the neighbouring states of Delhi, which has severely affected Delhi's air quality, the statement said. The city is going through the worst phase of ambient air quality despite celebrating one of the cleanest Diwali in last few years, the Delhi government said. However, average air quality index in the city was 410 on Tuesday evening, falling under the 'severe' category , according to the Central Pollution Control Board. The Delhi government claims that the overall pollution level during Diwali period this year was found to be better than past many years. Boundary layer winds speed also helped to flush out additional load of last night, an official statement said. Meanwhile , Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to the Haryana and Punjab governments on behalf of the people of Delhi to take concrete steps towards saving the national capital from the bad air situation. Taking to twitter, the Delhi CM said, 'On behalf of the people of Delhi I appeal to the governments of Punjab and Haryana to take some concrete steps and save Delhi from becoming a gas chamber'. Delhiites woke up to a hazy morning on Tuesday and thereafter situation continued to deteriorate with average AQI going from very poor to severe category by evening. People complained of trouble in breathing, itchy eyes and overall uneasiness due to the dense air and hazy surroundings .

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