Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category

New Delhi (NVI): Delhi’s air quality remained in the “very poor” category today with the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded at 346 and is expected to deteriorate further in the next two days, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) estimates.

Areas like Mundka, Wazirpur and Alipur recorded “severe” levels of air pollution.

The air pollution levels in Delhi has shot up to severe levels mostly due to stubble burning in Haryana, Punjab and neighbouring regions.

In addition to this, PM2.5 has now become the lead pollutant instead of PM10 as a characteristic of wintertime.

The AQI was recorded at 366 on Friday while it was 302 the previous day.

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”.

Ten monitoring stations in Delhi entered the “severe” zone on Friday, according to the AQI-monitoring mobile application SAMEER, developed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

In addition to this, Noida registered air quality in the ‘very poor’ category with an AQI of 424, while Gurugram recorded moderate air with an AQI of 321.