NEW DELHI: Pollution levels in New Delhi have hit their worst
and foggy Sunday. Senior government officials said the main reasons for the surge in the amount of toxic smog trapped over New Delhi were unusually cold air, including fog, and a lack of wind.
Data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) showed the air quality index, which measures the concentration of poisonous particulate matter, was an average of 449 on Monday. A multi-agency task force headed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has already advised people with respiratory ailments to minimise exposure to such toxic air.
The previous highest recording this year was 447 on 15 June, when there was a dust storm.
The PM 2.5 level may average above 400 and hit a high of 534 in some places, CPCB data showed. Anything above 100 is considered unhealthy.