Delhi breathes in toxic air; AQI turns 'severe' after crossing 400 mark

The air quality in Delhi has been an eyesore for quite some time now. Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the entire country and there's no denying that pollution is the number one cause of concern for the people living here.

With the AQI index soaring, even three days after Diwali, Delhi is breathing 'very poor' air. The air quality in the national capital after Diwali has plunged to a new low and has shifted from 'very poor' to 'severe' in the matter of a day. The national capital is currently in a state of 'health emergency' and there's no running away from that.

What's the update

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was fluctuating between 400 and 420 on Thursday, giving out an average AQI of 410 for the day, placing Delhi's air quality in the 'severe' category.

According to the AQI bulletin released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), 'severe' air can harmfully impact those with no previous health issues and especially effect those with serious health conditions.

The reason

Delhi's AQI has been worsening post Diwali, with the aftermath of fireworks and vehicular pollution showing plainly in the national capital's air. According to the reports released by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) 35% of the air pollution caused in Delhi is owing to field burning that is being carried out in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

This increase in pollution is not just detrimental to the health of the residents of Delhi, it is also bad for the overall quality of life for people living in the area.

Knock Knock

Air pollution in Delhi has been a cause for concern for long. The city has been struggling to breathe for years now and the situation doesn't seem to get better. We would urge our readers to do their bit for the environment and take the necessary precautions to stay away from the detrimental impacts of the air pollution.

For most of us from Noida, the Metro is nothing short of a lifeline. A saviour in times of need, the metro has connected various parts of Noida to mainstream Delhi. Now, however, you're going to have to take a different look at these metro trains, because you can rent them for throwing parties!

Granted, that isn't really the first thought that comes to mind when one says either party or metro, but it is certainly something interesting. From now, one can book a metro coach on our favourite Aqua Line metro and celebrate any occasion. So read on to find out how it's going to go down and everything else you need to know.

What's the update?

Ever wanted to party in a Noida Metro Train coach? Well, it seems that now you can, with NMRC's latest initiative. The idea was taken from similar initiatives in Jaipur, Gujarat and Gurugram's Rapid Metro, where train coaches can be rented out for parties. Incidentally, no other foreign country implements this rule.

One can book coaches on operational as well as stationary trains. To ensure that the average commuter isn't held up, only up to 4 coaches can be booked by a party. For booking coaches, you're going to have to pay a security deposit of ₹20,000 and then ₹5,000 to ₹10,000 each hour. Paying extra will get you a decorated coach from the NMRC, so that you don't have to do anything.

In order to actually book a coach, or four, all you have to do is head over to the NMRC's website and apply at least 15 days prior to the date of engagement. Following that, the NMRC will look into the matter and you can get partying in your metro coach within no time!

Knock Knock

The NMRC is constantly coming up with innovative ways to generate revenue from Noida Metro. Earlier, the metro stations opened up for film and television shooting. In the near future, we expect the revenue to help improve and expand Noida Metro.

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