Delhi, which is battling air pollution, has got some relief from ‘poisonous air’ after several weeks. However, the air quality here still remains in the ‘poor’ category. The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 280 here on Wednesday. However, in many NCR cities adjoining Delhi, the AQI still remains in the ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ category. After November 27, there is a possibility of further improvement in the air quality here.
According to the central government’s air quality early warning system ‘SAFAR’, the national capital Delhi recorded an AQI of 280 at around 6:30 am on Wednesday, which falls in the ‘poor’ category. Air quality was recorded in the ‘poor’ category in several areas including PUSA (283), Lodhi Road (259), IIT-Delhi (280), Indira Gandhi International Airport- Terminal 3 (232) and Ayanagar (228).
At the same time, the AQI remained in the ‘very poor’ category in many areas of the national capital including Delhi University (311), Mathura Road (308). The air quality in many cities of NCR was also recorded in the ‘poor’ to ‘very poor’ category. On Wednesday morning, Gurugram in Haryana, adjoining Delhi, recorded an AQI of 383 and Noida in Uttar Pradesh, adjoining the national capital, was recorded in the ‘very poor’ category.
According to SAFAR, the pollution situation has been relieved to some extent due to the increase in wind speed, but it is also expected to slow down and change its direction from Thursday, due to which the dispersion of pollutants in the air Not enough quantity. This condition is likely to persist for the next three days, due to which the air quality is likely to worsen in the next three days. However, from November 27, the wind speed is expected to increase further, due to which there will be dispersion of pollutants in the air and the level of AQI will improve.
Note that an AQI between 51 and 100 is considered ‘satisfactory’ or ‘very good’, while 101-200 is ‘average’ and an AQI between 201-300 is considered ‘poor’. Whereas, an AQI of 300-400 is considered ‘very poor’ and an AQI between 401-500 is classified as ‘hazardous’.