Delhi with ‘very poor’ Air Quality Index

Delhi’s overall air quality worsened on Tuesday but remained in the “very poor” category. Along with six of the 38 stations recording “severe” air quality, government agencies said.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) mobile application SAMEER, the city’s air quality index (AQI) was marked at 361 during the morning.

The six stations that observed an AQI within the “severe” category are. Anand Vihar (413), Ashok Vihar (407), Chandni Chowk (410), Jahangirpuri (424), Patparganj (411), and Vivek Vihar (426).

The capital’s AQI was within the “severe” category on November 15 but it got better since. It stayed in either the “poor” or the “moderate” category until November 22.

Delhi’s AQI was 302 on Monday, 274 on Sunday, 251 on Saturday, 296 on Friday, 283. on Thursday and 211 on Wednesday.

An AQI between zero and 50 is taken as “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”. 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”.

However, as per the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, the stubble-burning count significantly dropped to 149 on Sunday, contributing to 6 percent in Delhi’s air on Monday.

It said winds are expected to hamper and low ventilation is predicted. Also, if the stubble-burning count increases, the AQI will further worsen to “severe”.

Stubble-burning accounted for 12 percent of Delhi’s PM2.5 pollution on Sunday. It had been 13 percent on Saturday, 15 percent on Friday, 20 percent on Thursday, and eight percent on Wednesday.

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