Stubble burning keep Delhi’s AQI in ‘very poor’ category

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New Delhi (NVI): The air quality index (AQI) in the national capital this morning remained at the high end of ‘very poor’ category. The air pollution was dominated by the share of pollutants from farm fires, estimated at nearly 40 per cent of the cause.

Delhi’s AQI today was recorded at 362 in Sonia Vihar, 345 in Bawana, 326 in Patparganj and 373 in Jahangirpuri.

All four of the areas were in the ‘very poor’ category, as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

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”.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, said the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution rose to 40 per cent on Sunday, the maximum so far this season.

It was 32 per cent on Saturday, 19 per cent on Friday and 36 per cent on Thursday, the second highest this season so far.

Last year, the stubble contribution to Delhi’s pollution had peaked to 44 per cent on November 1, according to SAFAR data.