No relief for Delhi as air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category

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New Delhi (NVI): There’s no relief for residents of Delhi and adjoining NCR as air quality in the region continue to deteriorate and shifted from the ‘severe’ category yesterday to ‘very poor’.

According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) the hourly average air quality index of Delhi at 7am was 365, in the ‘very poor’ category.

Other areas in the national capital including, Pusa Road, Lodhi Road, Mathura Road, IIT-Delhi, IGI Airport and Ayanagar recorded air quality in the ‘very poor’ category with an AQI of, 384, 327, 379, 390, 387, and 372 respectively.

However, the air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category mostly due to stubble burning in Haryana, Punjab and neighbouring regions.

Earlier this morning, both Noida and Gurugram also registered air quality in the ‘very poor’ category with an AQI of 390 and 339 respectively.

As per the latest estimates by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), PM2.5 has now become the lead pollutant instead of PM10 as a characteristic of wintertime.

The SAFAR also predicts that AQI is likely to be in the middle-end of the ‘very poor’ category today. A significant improvement is forecast for November 1 to the lower end of the very poor to poor category.

In order to combat pollution, Delhi government recently launched, ‘Green Delhi’ application. Other campaigns like ‘Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh’ and ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ are also being implemented to reduce the pollution.

-RJV