Delhi’s air quality fall back to ‘poor’ category from ‘moderate’

Air quality in Delhi-NCR remains ‘severe’ after Diwali

New Delhi (NVI): The national capital’s air quality goes back into the “poor” category this morning after remaining in “moderate” level for past few days, with a change in the wind direction.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi recorded an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 272 at around 9 am, which falls in the ‘poor’ category.

The AQI at 305 was recorded in Anand Vihar, 334 in Dwarka, 195 in Lodhi road, 231 in Mathura Road, 301 in Bawana, 290 in Patparganj, 232 in Wazirpur, 290 in ITO, and 287 in RK Puram, all areas were found to be in the ‘very poor’ and ‘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’.

Earlier, the city’s AQI was recorded in the “moderate” category on Wednesday morning. The 24-hour average AQI stood at 211, which was 171 on Tuesday. However, pollution levels increased by a bit as the day progressed.

Moreover, the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitoring agency, SAFAR said that, “Delhi-NCR’s air quality is likely to remain in the moderate and the lower end of the poor category on Thursday and Friday.”

SAFAR added that it may deteriorate to the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category on Friday and Saturday, as the favourable weather conditions created after rainfall is slowly retreating .

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the minimum temperature settled at 9.4 degrees Celsius this morning the lowest this season so far.

-RJV