With air quality in the national capital dropping to a very poor category on Sunday morning, Delhi’s environment minister, Gopal Rai, said it was due to an increase in incidents of debris burning in neighboring countries, and he appealed to the governments of these states for a responsible approach. It was a natural trend, he said, that as the incidents of straw burning increased in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the air quality began to deteriorate in the city. Al-Rai said that two days ago, al-Qaeda in Iraq was 171, but with the increasing incidents of burning rubble in neighboring countries, al-Qaeda in Iraq began to get worse and it was 284 on Sunday.
This was a natural trend. We have appealed to neighboring countries to control the burning of rubble, but to no avail. We have started spraying the biodegrader in the fields as an alternative to burning straw, and the neighboring countries should also spray the biodegrader.
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We need a responsible approach from the (neighboring) countries to reduce the number of straw burning. Ray said they should make arrangements to spray the bioanalyzer in their states so that the contamination can be brought under control.
At 11am on Sunday, Delhi’s AQI was 339 which is in a very poor category. An air quality index between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 are satisfactory, 101 and 200 are average, 201 and 300 are poor, 301 and 400 are very poor, and 401 and 500 are severe.