Like every year in Delhi, this time too the city is turning into a gas chamber. It has become difficult for people to breathe in the poisonous air here. The air quality index of the city has reached near 500. Amidst a huge increase in the incidents of stubble burning in Punjab, 2,131 such cases were reported on Monday. This is the largest number of stubble-burning incidents so far this season. It is believed that these incidents of stubble burning have had an adverse effect on the air of Delhi-NCR.
Sangrur reported the maximum number of 330 cases on Monday. At the same time, 250 incidents of stubble burning were reported in Ferozepur, 202 in Patiala, 178 in Bathinda, 174 in Tarn Taran, 126 in Barnala, 123 in Mansa and 112 in Jalandhar. Despite massive awareness campaign by the state government to stop stubble burning, farmers continue to burn stubble to clear their fields for the next crops.
Delhi's 24-hour air quality index (AQI) stood at 424 at 4 pm on Tuesday, the worst since December 26 last year, when it stood at 459. This is the second 'severe' air quality day in Delhi this year after January 2 (AQI 404), according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). An AQI above 400 is considered "severe" and can affect healthy people and severely affect people who are already ill.