Most polluted day of the year in Delhi

Vehicle-pollution_-k2X--621x414@LiveMintNew Delhi: For months now Delhi has been responding to complaints of exceeding levels of pollution. As per records, Delhi today marked the highest levels of suspended particulate matters PM 2.5 and PM 10 based on the quality of the air.

Researchers claim that the rising levels of pollution were mainly due to the burning of dry leaves to fight the cold, also known as ‘open biomass burning’. However, experts also assert that this would not be the definite conclusion for the spike in the levels of the particulate matters.

Records indicated that the air quality severely deteriorated post Diwali. Yet, earlier this month, pollutants had shown a steady fall as well. The average of PM 2.5 and PM 10 were 295 and 470 micrograms per cubic meter respectively. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) states that these figures are many times above the safe limits which corresponds to 60 and 100.

The air quality of Delhi now being marked into the ‘severe’ category would impact the health and living conditions of the people. Taking into consideration┬áthe staggering levels of pollution, it only seems fair to bring a system in place, similar to that being used in China’s capital Beijing, which helps to alert people when the levels of pollution take hazardous turns.