Delhi pollution LIVE news: Governor urges public to remain indoors, avoid travel

Delhi pollution Live: The air quality in several areas of Delhi remains in the severe category, prompting an emergency response from the government.

Commuters cross a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi.
Commuters cross a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi.(AFP)

On Friday, Delhi’s average air quality index (AQI) plunged to 468 from 392 on the previous day due to unfavourable northwesterly air that brings pollutants from the stubble fires, calmer wind and dipping temperatures. The air quality has remained in “very poor” to “severe” levels in Delhi since the last week.

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”. An AQI above 500 falls in the “severe plus” category.

Lieutenant Governor (LG) VK Saxena summoned an emergency meeting on the air pollution crisis, asking for efforts to be stepped up to control emissions. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was out of the city, was unable to attend the meeting.

In a statement, the governor has urged public to remain indoors as far as possible, avoid unnecessary travel and if necessary, to use public transport, so as to ensure a lesser volume of traffic and therefore, reduced emissions and dust pollution.

The governor also directed the use of water sprinklers and anti-smog guns in double shifts in the national Capital.

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