Delhi’s air quality improves, but still remain in ‘poor’ category

Relief for Delhi as air quality improves to 'moderate' level
(Representational/file photo)

New Delhi (NVI): The national capital’s air quality improved slightly this morning, but continued to remain in the ‘poor’ category, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

The city’s overall air quality index (AQI) was 263 at around 9 am, which was lower than the average of 296 yesterday.

Most parts of Delhi reported AQIs in the ‘poor’ category including the area of Anand Vihar (256), RK Puram (290), and Patparganj (279), as per the CPCB data.

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.

Earlier on Friday, the government agencies predicted that air quality may improve slightly over the weekend due to high wind speed.

Officials at air monitoring agencies forecast that, air quality will improve over the next two days with favourable wind speed and no significant deterioration is likely in the air quality at least till November 23.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences’ officials stated that the air quality in Delhi-NCR is expected to improve further to the ‘moderate’ category on Saturday due to accelerated local surface winds.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the average wind speed is likely to remain around 15-16 kph throughout the day and it will help in the dispersion of pollutants. The city’s minimum temperature today settled at 8.5 degrees Celsius which was 4 degrees below normal, it added.

-RJV