Delhi’s air remains ‘very poor’ for fourth consecutive day

Delhi's air quality slips back into ‘very poor’ category

New Delhi (NVI): The national capital today recorded its air quality index (AQI) in the ‘very poor’ category for fourth consecutive day, as layer of toxic haze lingered over Delhi this morning, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said.

The air quality index was at 346 in Rohini, 329 in RK Puram, 377 in Anand Vihar and 363 in Mundka, all four in ‘very poor’ category. The overall AQI was recorded at 347 in Delhi, according to the CPCB data.

Most of the air quality monitoring stations in the city recorded the air quality in the ‘very poor’ category, while pollution levels rose to “severe” levels at Vivek Vihar (AQI 414), Wazirpur (404) and Anand Vihar (418).

The city recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 353 on Monday. It was 349 on Sunday, 345 on Saturday and 366 on Friday.

In an attempt to curb the increasing air pollution in the national capital, the Delhi government recently launched the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign as part of its ‘Yuddh Pradushan Ke Viruddh’ (War Against Pollution) initiative.

Along with this, the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) has been implemented in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) from October 15 to check air pollution.

The severe air pollution in Delhi is a year-round problem, which can be attributed to unfavourable meteorological conditions, farm fires in neighbouring regions and local sources of pollution.

However, Delhi’s air quality is predicted to remain in the ‘very poor’ category till October 31, as per the CPCB data.

-RJV