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BJP takes on Arvind Kejriwal over Delhi pollution


The capital’s air quality index (AQI) stood at 326 at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. ANI

New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday blamed Delhi Chief Minister and AAP organizer Arvind Kejriwal for poor air quality not just in Delhi but across northern India, blaming the farm fires on the day from Diwali in AAP-led Punjab to pollution in the capital and other cities.

The capital’s air quality index (AQI) stood at 326 at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. The neighboring cities of Ghaziabad (285), Noida (320), Greater Noida (294), Gurugram (315) and Faridabad (310) reported “poor” to “very poor” air quality.

Taking to Twitter, BJP leader Amit Malviya said as many as 1,019 cases of farm fires in Punjab were to blame for poor air quality not only in Delhi but in all of northern India.

“1,019 cases of farm fires in Punjab executed by AAP on Diwali day are the reason for the poor air quality not only in Delhi but all over North India. Arvind Kejriwal said let down farmers in Punjab, who expected 1000 per acre for their Parali. Don’t blame Diwali, blame Kejriwal…” he tweeted.

He also shared a real-time monitoring chart of stubble burning between October 15 and 24, which showed Punjab topped the list of farm fires at 5,617, followed by Haryana at 1,360. and Uttar Pradesh at 552 distant. On Diwali alone, there were 1,019 farm burnings in Punjab, 250 in Haryana and 215 in Uttar Pradesh.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor” and 401 and 500 “severe”.

Although the air quality in Delhi in the morning after Diwali was recorded in the “very poor” category, the situation was relatively better than in previous years due to favorable weather conditions which diluted the effect of firecrackers and the stubble burning.

However, the relatively better air this morning does not mean that it looks good. PM2.5 levels at 30 of the capital’s 35 monitoring stations were five to six times higher than the national standard of 60 micrograms per cubic meter at 8 a.m.

PM2.5 are fine particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less that can penetrate deep into the airways, reach the lungs and enter the bloodstream.

According to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) Early Warning System, air quality is expected to remain in the “very poor” category during the day (Tuesday) and is expected to improve slightly over the next two next days.

With contributions from agencies

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