Delhi’s air quality deteriorates to ‘poor’ category; likely to improve soon

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New Delhi (NVI): The air quality in Delhi deteriorated this morning and was recorded in the ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ categories in several areas, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

According to the CPCB data, air quality index (AQI) around Sirifort was recorded at 287 (poor) and Sri Aurobindo Marg at 291 (poor) and 302 (very poor) at RK Puram.

The national capital’s overall AQI stood at 292 at around 10 am, higher than the average AQI of 283 recorded yesterday.

Yesterday, the officials at air monitoring agencies said that air quality may deteriorate slightly and may touch the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category on November 20-21

As per the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, the air quality may touch ‘very poor’ Friday and improve slightly on Saturday due to favourable surface wind speed.

It added that the deterioration in air quality to a rise in the contribution of stubble burning to the city’s PM 2.5 levels.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also said that the rise in fire count and a dip in temperature both could be the reasons behind deterioration in air quality.

Meanwhile, the residents of Delhi woke up to a hazy sky in morning, as change in the wind direction increased the share of stubble burning in the city’s pollution slightly.

-RJV