Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category, may improve tomorrow

Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category, may improve tomorrow

According to the System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR), Delhi’s air quality remained “extremely poor” for the seventh consecutive day on Saturday, with the total Air Quality Index (AQI) rising to 355 from 332 on Friday.

The air quality in Delhi is expected to improve “considerably” from Sunday, owing to moderately strong winds, and reach the “bad category,” according to authorities.

Ghaziabad (342), Gurgaon (340), and Noida (363) were all in the “extremely poor” category as well.

The minimum temperature in Delhi was 14.5 degrees Celsius, two degrees over the season’s average, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The air quality in the national capital remained in the “extremely poor” category on Friday, according to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), with an AQI of 381.

The air quality index (AQI) in nearby areas such as Faridabad (354), Ghaziabad (372), Greater Noida (388), Gurugram (345), and Noida (385) was similarly in the “very poor” category.

An AQI of zero to fifty is regarded as good, 51 to one hundred satisfactory, 101 to two hundred moderate, 201 to 300 poor, 301 to 400 very poor, and 401 to 500 severe.

To combat air pollution, the Delhi government ordered ten emergency measures on Wednesday, including a ban on vehicles carrying non-essential products entering the city and the closure of schools and colleges till further orders.

Gopal Rai, the Delhi environment minister, stated that government departments will be able to operate from home until November 21. According to Rai, schools and other educational institutions in the national capital will remain closed until additional directives are issued, and construction and demolition activities in the city will be prohibited until November 21.

“We have issued orders prohibiting the admission of all vehicles into Delhi, with the exception of those involved in critical services.” After a high-level meeting to ensure rigorous implementation of the Commission for Air Quality Management’s recommendations, Rai informed reporters, “The police department and the transportation department will ensure this jointly” (CAQM).

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