The high level of pollution being witnessed in the national capital will reach its peak tomorrow, as per the forecast by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
According to Gurfan Beig, Chief Project Scientist of SAFAR, PM2.5 level is expected to reach 252 and PM 10 unit at 413 mark tomorrow, which has been classified as “severe”. This is much more than the safe limits of 60 mcgm/cubic meter for PM 2.5 and 100 for PM 10.
The PM 2.5 and PM 10 level recorded by SAFAR was 225 and 382 respectively today.
However, SAFAR, an arm of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), noted there will be some relief thereafter and the pollution level will see a marginal decline till November 7.
For the past few days, the national capital could be seen engulfed in a thick haze with extremely high level of suspended particulate matters keeping the air quality “poor”.
Incidentally, the first major rise in pollution level was witnessed on October 31.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government today sought the Centre’s intervention in directing Punjab and Haryana governments to check crop burning in their respective states, one of the major factors leading to smog in the capital.
Environment Minister Imran Hussain also held a meeting with MCD, NDMC, Delhi Cantonment Board, SDMs and tehsildars to discuss the issue of paddy stubble burning and its detrimental effects on the air quality of the capital.