22/04/2016 9:09 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Air Quality Plunges In Delhi As City Chokes In Dump Yard Fire

Hindustan Times via Getty Images
NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 21: Firemen trying to douse fire at Delhi's largest landfill Bhalswa dump yard due to soaring temperature on April 21, 2016 in New Delhi, India. A large cloud of smoke was emanating from the landfill as fire tenders were dousing the fire. The 40 acre-wide trash mountain, receives about 2,700 tonnes of garbage per day. The dump yard receives garbage from no less than 50 per cent of Delhi's population, including Civil Lines, Jahangirpuri, Model Town, Kirti Nagar and even old Delhi's Chandni Chowk. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Delhi's air quality plunged on Friday with monitoring stations recording a spike in the level of respirable as well as gaseous pollutants coming as it did into a week of the odd-even scheme's second phase.

The spike comes against the backdrop of simmering fire at landfill sites such as Bhalswa. The Delhi government has formed a four-member committee to probe the incidents of fire at Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Raj Ghat areas.

Notwithstanding AAP's attempts to describe the flames as "sabotage" attempts by the BJP to derail the road-rationing measure, pollution officials said sufficient data was not available to correlate fire and pollution.

According to SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research), the eight-hour average of surface-level ozone touched 60 parts per billion (ppb). The rise comes after three days of relative stability.

Even PM 2.5, that cause harm to the respiratory system on prolonged exposure, steadily rose through the day from around 70 micrograms per cubic metre to 94 micrograms per cubic metre.

SAFAR's eight stations recorded air quality mostly in the 'poor' category around 7 PM. Although the IGI station had an air quality index of 'very poor' which results in respiratory illness on prolonged exposure.

Delhi Pollution Control Committee's Civil Lines monitoring station had PM 2.5 and PM 10 at 261.90 and 353.26 micrograms per cubic metre around 6.30 PM. Their corresponding safe limits are 60 and 100 respectively.

Like Us On Facebook |
Follow Us On Twitter |
Contact HuffPost India

Also See On HuffPost:

  • Buddhify 2
    Available on iOS and Android, this app tries to bring mindfulness to busy city lives, and is packed with guided meditation lessons that you can listen to all day. Buddhify 2 has a solo mode, and keeps track of stats as well.
  • Headspace
    Headspace calls itself a gym membership for the mind. The app claims to use proven meditation and mindfulness techniques to make you happier, healthier and more joyful. It has 10 free lessons following which you will have to subscribe to a monthly or yearly package.
  • Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax
    Available on iOS and Android, this app sets you up with 16 blissful music tracks, and comes with 7 days of guided meditation in the introductory program. The premium version has meditation guides for improving focus, creativity, energy and sleep. http://www.calm.com
  • Stop, Breathe & Think
    Available on iOS, Android, and the web, the app lets you create your own personal bubble of calm and peace in . The paid version, which supports this non-profit app supports longer versions of your favourite meditations, and a special meditation bundle by k.d. lang. Website: stopbreathethink.org
  • GPS for the Soul
    HuffPost's very own GPS for the Soul app (free), uses HeartMath technology to detect your stress levels and help you get back on track when you're feeling overwhelmed. The app lets you create personalized "GPS Guides," filled with calming quotes, images and music to instantly soothe the mind and body. Android, iOS

More On This Topic