Air quality in Delhi-NCR further dips; worsens to ‘very poor’ category

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New Delhi (NVI): Delhi-NCR’s air quality further deteriorated this morning with the overall pollution level dipping to ‘very poor’ category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 387 in Anand Vihar, 333 in RK Puram, 391 in Rohini, and 390 in Dwarka, all four in the ‘very poor’ category.

The air quality in the neighbouring cities of the national capital — Faridabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad was also no better as there too, it remained in ‘very poor’ category.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.

Furthermore, 10 of 35 monitoring stations across the national capital recorded the air quality’s dip into the ‘severe’ category today.

Officials at the monitoring stations said this was the worst air quality reading recorded in the city in the last eight months.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data showed that on Friday, air in Alipur, Shadipur, Patparganj, Vivek Vihar, Anand Vihar, Jahangirpuri, Rohini, Wazirpur, Bawana and Mundka was in the ‘severe’ zone.

In addition to this, the alarming rate of pollution in Delhi-NCR for almost a fortnight now has also caught the attention of United States President Donald Trump, who went on to accuse the country of taking no action on climate change.

On October 22, during a presidential debate with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in Nashville, Trump accused China, India and Russia of not taking care of their filthy air as he justified America’s withdrawal from the ‘unfair’ Paris climate agreement. “Look at China, how filthy it is. Look at Russia. Look at India, it’s filthy. The air is filthy,” Trump said.

-CHK