Delhi’s air qual­ity slips to ‘very poor’ cat­e­gory

Air qual­ity to de­te­ri­o­rate fur­ther with small fluc­tu­a­tions in the next 3-days

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Delhi’s air qual­ity de­te­ri­o­rated to the ‘very poor’ cat­e­gory Fri­day due to re­duced wind speed even as au­thor­i­ties have fore­cast rain­fall in the next cou­ple of days which they said might lower the pol­lu­tion level.

Ac­cord­ing to Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) data, the over­all air qual­ity in­dex (AQI) in the city was 364, which falls in the ‘very poor’ cat­e­gory. An AQI be­tween 100 and 200 comes un­der the ‘mod­er­ate’ cat­e­gory, 201 and 300 is con­sid­ered ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, while that be­tween 401 and 500 is ‘se­vere’.

Anand Vi­har, Bawana, Dwarka Sec­tor 8, ITO and Mundka recorded ‘se­vere’ air qual­ity, while 28 ar­eas recorded ‘very poor’ air qual­ity and three ar­eas ‘poor’ air qual­ity, the CPCB said. In the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR), Ghazi­abad, Farid­abad and Noida recorded ‘very poor’ air qual­ity, while Gur­gaon recorded ‘poor’ air qual­ity, it said.

The over­all PM2.5 level fine par­tic­u­late mat­ter in the air with a di­am­e­ter of less than 2.5 mi­crom­e­ters in Delhi was recorded at 246, while the PM10 level was at 396, it said. “The over­all air qual­ity over Delhi slipped to very poor range as pre­dicted by SA­FAR. It will de­te­ri­o­rate fur­ther, but to re­main in the ‘very poor’ cat­e­gory with small fluc­tu­a­tions in the next three days if it does not rain. Other me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions are not favourable al­though foggy con­di­tions are likely to re­duce now,” the SA­FAR said.

—AMAR­JEET SINGH /DNA

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