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.
Afghan Taliban reject cease-fire extension
The Taliban announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday, which began on Friday, except against foreign forces. IS was not included in the government's ceasefire . "We also request the Afghan Taliban to extend their ceasefire ".
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.