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Good news for Delhi: Pollution lower, winter beginning on cleaner note

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Meteorological conditions causing an extended period of rainfall this year have meant that the 2021 winter is beginning with a “cleaner threshold” compared to previous years, according to an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

The analysis assesses PM 2.5 levels from January 1, 2018, to October 15, 2021. PM 2.5 levels begin to breach the 24-hour standard resulting in bad air days when the monsoon retreats. This began in September in 2018 and 2020, while it was delayed to October in 2019 and 2021.

The period from September 1 to October 15 is considered to be ‘pre-winter’ in the analysis. According to figures provided by CSE, the average PM 2.5 level for the pre-winter season this year was 42 µg/m3, lower than 62 µg/m3 in 2020, 51 µg/m3 in 2019, and 59 µg/m3 in 2018.

Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director, research and advocacy at CSE, said, “The intense monsoon and delayed rains this year contributed to a relatively cleaner pre-winter season this year. What we are seeing now is the effect of the weather. The fire count is lower, but that could also be because of the rains delaying the fires. We cannot predict to what extent the pollution is going to bounce back this winter. We cannot take it for granted that a cleaner pre-winter period will assure a cleaner winter.”

CSE’s analysis of fire count data from the NASA satellites indicates that fire count in the pre-winter season this year is less than half of what was recorded last year. This is attributed to the rain spells witnessed this year or cloud cover which may have hampered satellite imagery. The fire count (aggregate for Punjab and Haryana) for the pre-winter season last year was 5,078, as opposed to 2,351 this year. In 2019, it stood at 2,299, up from 1,765 in 2018. The total count for the winter season in 2020 was 75,600, a rise from 48,155 in 2019, and 63,979 in 2018.

The contribution of farm stubble burning to air quality began around October 10, 2021, same as in 2018 and 2020, the analysis noted. This contribution peaked on October 16 this year when 14% of PM 2.5 levels in Delhi were attributed to stubble burning by the SAFAR monitoring system. The contribution of stubble burning to PM 2.5 levels can go up to 40%. The average contribution per day last year was 12.2%, higher than 8.9% per day in 2019, and 10.9% per day in 2018. Last winter, PM 2.5 levels were in the severe category for 23 days, down from 25 in 2019-20, and 34 days in the winter of 2018-19. The winter seasonal average PM 2.5 level was 194 µg/m3 in 2020, 180 µg/m3 in 2019, and 200 µg/m3 in 2018.

Delhi saw a cleaner monsoon this year, but a more polluted summer. The analysis indicates that this year, the monsoon season was the ‘cleanest’ for Delhi since 2018. The average PM 2.5 levels over the monsoon season this year was 41 µg/m3, compared to 44 µg/m3 in 2020, 46 µg/m3 in 2019 and 49 µg/m3 in 2018. The summer this year showed higher PM 2.5 levels than 2020. Summer in 2020 saw an average PM 2.5 level of 57 µg/m3, while this year recorded a higher average of 79 µg/m3.

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Drug de-addiction drive: Delhi police helps admit 20 people to rehab

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In a bid to assist with sedating addicts and make mindfulness about illegal medications, the Northwest area of the Delhi Police conceded right around 20 individuals to restoration focuses. The medication de-dependence drive was begun two months prior and habitual perpetrators who were regularly gotten with drugs and booked under the NDPS Act were distinguished and advised.

The activity, primarily led in the Jahangirpuri region, was going by the Station House Officer. The official said, “We saw as that a large number of these wrongdoers are youngsters from monetarily more fragile foundations. They needed to work and genuinely regretted being decided for being someone who is addicted, yet couldn’t leave drugs. We requested that they stay at therapy clinics for a couple of months. After two months, three of them have been released. A few others are going through treatment. We are seeing an adjustment of individuals.”

Somewhat recently, in excess of 12 people were captured with illegal medications and 18 were captured under the COTPA Act. North of 430 individuals has been reserved under areas of the COTPA Act this year.

Usha Rangnani, DCP (Northwest), said, “We needed to run after a medication-free society. At the point when we investigated our area, we found there aren’t many packs working here. Notwithstanding, there are numerous people who are hawking and devouring medications. We began with mindfulness drives and welcomed understudies and NGOs to hold nukkad nataks.”

The 20 men who were distinguished in this interaction were directed by police and shipped off rehabilitation clinics.

Rangnani said her group has been working with recovery and expertise preparing focuses to make mindfulness, give clinical assistance, and occupations to the young. “We are currently assisting them with landing positions and work nearby. Individuals began to move toward us for help. In excess of 20 individuals are going through treatment in our region,” she said.

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Greater Noida: Man ‘shoots’ father over ‘property dispute’

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A 62-year-elderly person was shot at purportedly by his child in Greater Noida on Sunday evening.

As indicated by the police, the person in question, Shyam Singh Nirmal, has gotten two projectile wounds after two individuals went into his home in Jewar’s Mangroli Road and shot him. Nirmal is as of now in basic condition and is getting treatment at an emergency clinic nearby.

As per the cops, Shyam had let them know that his child Himmat Singh and a companion of his had shot him. The police, in their underlying examination, found that the two had a contention over the property. In the interim, the police are exploring all angles and have not precluded different potential outcomes as well.

Security has been amplified following the occurrence and the police are filtering CCTV film to distinguish the blamed.

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Delhi’s air quality to remain ‘very poor’

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The air quality in Delhi is probably going to stay in the ‘extremely poor’ class on Monday.

As per a gauge from the Air Quality Early Warning System, the AQI is probably going to stay ‘exceptionally poor’ on Tuesday and Wednesday also. For the beyond three days, the AQI has been in the ‘extreme’ class – somewhere in the range of 401 and 500.

A potential speed up might just prompt a minimal improvement in the AQI.

The observing stations that recorded a 24-hour normal AQI in the ‘extreme’ classification at 10 a.m. on Monday incorporate Anand Vihar with an AQI of 459 and the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium station with an AQI of 408. The AQI at Jahangirpuri remained at 449, while the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium observing station enlisted an AQI of 409. The 24-hour normal AQI at RK Puram remained at 431, while the AQI at Rohini remained at 448.

The base temperature on Monday is probably going to associate with 10 degrees Celsius, while the greatest could remain at 26 degrees Celsius, the India Meteorological Department figure shows. The base temperature recorded on Monday was 10.3 degrees Celsius.

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