Centre and Delhi govt continue spar over stubble burning as air improves slightly

  • | Saturday | 17th October, 2020

New delhi: As Central government agencies insisted that stubble burning's contribution to Delhi's air pollution would be comparatively less this year, the air quality in the Capital improved slightly and settled in the "poor" category on Friday with wind speeds picking up and transporting pollutants. However, NASA's satellite imagery showed a large cluster of farm fires near Amritsar, Patiala, Tarn Taran, and Firozpur in Punjab, and Ambala and Rajpura in Haryana. The city recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 251 at 10 am. The 24-hour average AQI was 315 on Thursday, the worst since February 12 (AQI 320). Moreover, the SDMC has also issued challans worth Rs 50 lakh to various agencies for not following anti-pollution measures.

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