Delhi’s air quality continues to remain ‘poor’

New Delhi (NVI): The national capital’s air quality was recorded in the ‘poor’ category this morning but is likely to improve slightly due to favourable wind speed.

Delhi has been witnessing a trend of poor air quality for the fast few days.

The air pollution level in Delhi had hit an eight-month high on Thursday but reduced slightly on Friday with favourable wind speed helping in dispersion of pollutants, even as the contribution of stubble burning to Delhi’s PM2.5 concentration rose to 18 per cent.

Air Quality Index (AQI) is at 294 in ITO, 256 in RK Puram, 286 in Anand Vihar, all three in ‘poor’ category, according to Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data. AQI stands at 325 in DTU and 381 in Wazirpur, in the ‘very poor’ category.

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

The downward trend in the air quality of the national capital has become visible as farmers in the neighbouring states continue burning the stubble in their fields.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Tuesday kick-started the sprinkling of the bio-decomposer solution, prepared by Pusa Research Institute in a field at Hiranki Village in Narela area of the national capital to combat the persisting issue.

The process aims to convert stubble into compost and help in doing away with the practice of burning it.

-CHK