Delhi wakes up panting again as the air quality index (AQI) recorded early morning today was 405, still in the severe category. According to the scientists at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the rising number of stubble burning cases in the neighbouring state of Punjab and Haryana have been major contributors to the national capital’s polluted air.
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the AQI of Delhi on November 6 was 406, though in the severe category but was an improvement from the AQI on November 5 which was recorded 450. The wind speed also showed slight improvements and recorded 8 to 10 kmph throughout the day, however, it as not enough lower the AQI levels.
On November 5, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and justices AS Bopana and V Ramasubramanian said to Centre, “The thing is, you ensure no smog in the city.” On the newly formed anti-pollution commission by the Centre, the SC bench said, “There are many commissions and many people working. Whatsoever, you ensure no smog in the national capital.”
Six members of the commission commenced their working on November 6, the day after Delhi recorded 450 AQI which was the season’s worst. Some experts are of the view that the functioning of the commissions getting delayed in this crucial time as the winter is approaching and the AQI levels are dwindling.