G holds meeting as dust haze envelops Capital

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According to the World Air Quality Index, Delhi's air quality stands at hazardous levels. People are surprised that air quality has worsened in the summers.

The ministry also cautioned that the current dusty conditions are likely to continue over the next three days in the Indian capital and its surrounding areas.

The PM (particulate matter) 2.5 pollution level, which measures particles with diameters that are less than or equal to 2.5 microns in size, is yet to breach the pollution levels it had crossed in winters previous year.

Bhure Lal, the Chairman of Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority - EPCA, informed Baijal that he has already sent an advisory to the Chief Secretary of Delhi stressing the need for water sprinkling water to control dust pollution and monitoring of construction sites.

The Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB had on Thursday asked for all construction activities to be stopped temporarily as part of emergency measures to curb dust pollution.

There was a dip in the air quality level on June 12 due to dust storms in western India, particularly Rajasthan, which increased coarser particles in the air, the CPCB had said.

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Pollution linked to boundary conditions-burning of fossil fuels, seasonal fires, dust events and other natural sources-is now the top contributing factor to poor air quality, according to UrbanEmissions.info, a pollution research and analysis site.

The pollution level that dipped to "severe plus" state is slowly reducing due to dispersion of pollutants, Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research institute (SAFAR) said.

According to the Met department, wind speed reaching up to 35 kmph is predicted for today in Delhi.

In Delhi and National Capital Territory (NCR), the layer of the dust continued on Thursday morning.

At an urgent meeting yesterday, the CPCB yesterday directed agencies concerned to contain local dust sources. An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor, and 401-500 severe. We have issued an alert for the same and the environment ministry convened a meeting of a task force.

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