Delhi air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category as smog engulfs city; overall AQI stands at 312

Delhi's air quality remains in 'very poor' category
Image Source : PTI/FILE Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category as smog envelops the city

Delhi Air Pollution: Delhi’s air quality remained in the ‘very poor’ category as smog enveloped the national capital. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the city’s overall air quality index (AQI) stood at 312 on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Delhi and its adjoining areas also received light rains on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) also said that fog conditions have improved significantly over northern India due to the current Western Disturbance and subsequent strong surface winds.

many trains are running late

Meanwhile, at least 23 trains were also running late in Northern Railway zone due to fog.

According to Indian Railways, Darbhanga-New Delhi Clone Special, Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express, Howrah-New Delhi Poorva Express, Prayagraj-New Delhi Express, Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express are some of the notable trains whose services have been affected due to the foggy weather. because of.

GRAP Phase III reimplemented

Earlier on January 6, the Centre’s air quality panel reimplemented the third phase of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi-NCR. This includes a ban on non-essential construction and demolition work.

The sub-committee on GRAP in a review meeting had said that the AQI is likely to worsen in the coming days due to adverse weather conditions. It directed authorities in Delhi-NCR to implement restrictions under Phase III of the anti-pollution plan with immediate effect.

Specifically, an AQI between 0 and 100 is considered good, while 100 and 200 is considered moderate, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 and 500 ‘severe’. is believed.

(with inputs from agencies)

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