Delhi’s air quality improves slightly as AQI drops to 279

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New Delhi (NVI): The air quality in the national capital improved slightly today with the overall AQI recorded at 279 today, which remained under the ‘poor’ category, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (CPCB) said.

The slight decrease was observed as the share of stubble burning dropped to 10 per cent yesterday which had a positive impact on Delhi’s air quality index (AQI).

According to the forecast, PM10 pollutants in Delhi were recorded at 267 today, which comes under the ‘poor’ category and PM2.5 pollutants were recorded at 133, which also comes under the ‘very poor’ category.

In addition to this, Gurgaon recorded AQI at 270 under the ‘poor’ category. While Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad were under ‘very poor’ category with AQI levels at 321, 340 and 318, respectively. The overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was was recorded 279 at around 10 am.

On Tuesday, the overall air quality index of Delhi was 302 in the ‘very poor’ category after going through a marginal deterioration from Monday when the city’s AQI had improved to ‘poor’ category, at 293, as per the CPCB data.

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.

Moreover, the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, said that over 3,000 farm fires were spotted over Punjab, Haryana on Tuesday, but a change in the wind direction helped keep the share of stubble fumes on the city’s pollution under control.

SAFAR has predicted that AQI levels are likely to remain in the early end of ‘very poor’ category till November 5, after which there could be a marginal deterioration.

-RJV