The capital recorded 24 such days in 2021, 15 in 2020, 24 in 2019, 19 in 2018, nine in 2017 and 25 in 2016.
The city recorded an air quality index of 337 at 9 am. The 24-hour average was 314 on Friday.
The national capital has recorded its coldest morning of this season with a minimum temperature of 9.6 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal, according to the India Meteorological Department.
It is the ad-hoc approach to tackling air pollution that is responsible for the mess that Delhi finds itself in- every year at this time
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is in power in both Delhi, where the victims are struggling, and Punjab, where the culprits thrive.
The share of stubble burning in Delhi's PM2.5 pollution jumped to 34 percent recently, the highest this season so far.
Delhi government has decided to implement the anti-pollution curbs recommended by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), including a ban on non-BS VI diesel-run light motor vehicles.
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In other measures to reduce air pollution, Delhi Environment minister Gopal Rai urged people not to burn wood or coal, especially in the mornings.
The minister also said the ban on firecrackers in Delhi resulted in the cleanest Diwali in seven years.
The city's air quality index (AQI) stood at 266 around 9:15 AM, data from the Central Pollution Control Board showed.
With pollution levels worsening, the Centre's air quality panel has directed the authorities to impose a ban on construction and demolition activities in the Delhi-NCR, except in essential projects, and other curbs under stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan.
GRAP is a set of anti-air pollution measures followed in the capital and its vicinity according to the severity of the situation
The ban on construction activities is likely to affect housing projects in Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and other areas.
The capital witnessed a clear morning on Friday with the minimum temperature settling a notch below normal at 14.6 degrees Celsius.
His remarks came a day after Diwali when the air quality in the national capital was recorded in the 'very poor' category.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai last week said bursting firecrackers in the national capital on Diwali will attract a jail term of up to six months and a fine of Rs 200.
The capital’s air quality has worsened during winters due to seasonal and atmospheric factors. Burning of crop stubble in surrounding Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan in the winters also increases concentration of pollutants.
Delhi’s air pollution problem aggravates during winters due to seasonal and atmospheric factors
Within a radius of 50 metres, the giant air purifier is able to cut down air pollution by 70 to 80 per cent.
Under the revised action plan, curbs can be imposed on polluting activities up to three days in advance, based on forecasts.
The city was swept by a cold wave on Thursday as well as the temperature dropped sharply to 3.4 degrees Celsius from 8.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
Vehicle emissions account for around 40 percent of the city’s air pollution.
The CAQM had on Friday said the ban on construction and demolition activities in Delhi-NCR will continue, with some exceptions, till further orders.