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Air quality showing improvement despite varying weather conditions

Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Thursday reviewed the status of existing ambient air quality in Delhi, with the officers of the Environment Department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.

The Minister enquired about the status of directions given to various departments on the levels of PM2.5 and PM10 around Anand Vihar and Punjabi Bagh area.

He had asked the DDA, NDMC, North MCD, South MCD, East MCD, PWD, Transport Department, Revenue Department, Delhi Traffic Police and Delhi Cantonment Board to intensify urgent actions for controlling pollution in Anand Vihar and Punjabi Bagh areas and in other parts of Delhi.

The Environment Department said analysis of the data of different pollutants shows that levels of PM10 and PM2.5 in Delhi is showing decrease in trend and there is improvement ambient air quality.

The Minister was apprised that air quality in Delhi specially during the winter is influenced by multiple factors such as metrological parameters such as wind speed, wind direction, humidity and solar index. Fog and smog are two separate environmental phenomenon(s). The present scenario of weather in the City is primarily due to fog.

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