Just a day after the national capital experienced intermittent rain spells, air quality in Delhi has improved to ‘poor’ from the earlier ‘very poor’ category with Air Quality Index (AQI) standing at 273, as per System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) data.
Readings below 50 are considered safe, while anything above 300 is considered hazardous or ‘severe’.
On Thursday at 4 pm, Delhi’s 24-hour AQI read 258, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. This was after the national capital’s AQI on Thursday morning at 8 am was in the ‘very poor’ category with an AQI of 380.
The National Capital recorded one of the worst air pollution levels in the past six years this November. According to government data, residents did not get a single ‘good’ air quality day during the entire month.
The alarmingly high pollution levels forced the state government to temporarily shut schools and educational institutions and barred construction activity in the city.
(With inputs from agencies)