The air quality in the national capital and the adjoining areas plunged to "very poor" levels on Wednesday as a blanket of toxic haze shrouded th city, affecting visibility and causing inconvenience to residents, PTI reported. The Delhi government attributed the dip in the air quality to rampant stubble burning in neighbouring states, a regular feature in October-November.
On Tuesday, the Graded Response Action Plan to curb air pollution in the national capital came into force. The plan, which has been in place since 2016, involved implementing stricter measures including banning the use of generator sets.
However, after the authorities admitted that the ban order would be difficult to implement, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has decided to hold a meeting with officials from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Friday. Till then, the ban will be in place.
Delhi’s air quality has worsened after the burning of Ravan effigies on Dussehra on October 8. While it oscillated between 'poor' and 'very poor', it dropped to ‘hazardous’ for the first time this season on Tuesday.