Delhi’s air quality worsens to ‘very poor’ category, AQI slips to 368

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) in the national capital fell in the ‘very poor’ category to 368 on Friday morning.

At 7.50 am, PM 10 was recorded as 376 in ‘very poor’ category and PM 2.5 at 224 in ‘very poor’ category. Gurugram and Noida recorded an AQI of 350 and 463 in the “very poor” and “severe” categories, respectively.

SAFAR said in a bulletin, “Local surface winds are relatively low for the next 3 days, reducing the dispersion of pollutants, leading to deterioration in air quality, but for the next three days ‘upper end of very poor’ falls under the category of

It further said that the local surface winds are likely to increase on November 29 resulting in an improvement in the air quality but it remains in the ‘very poor’ category. “Local emissions and weather (inclusive of layer height and wind speed) are likely to be the major factors governing air quality. The effective fire count is 219 and it accounts for 6 per cent of Delhi’s PM 2.5.”

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature in Delhi today was recorded at 11 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius.

An AQI between zero and 50 is ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 and 500 ‘very poor’ considered serious.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has once again decided to ban construction and demolition activities following the directions of the Supreme Court. The ban on construction and demolition activities was lifted on 22 November in view of the improvement in air quality.

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Physical classes in schools, colleges and other educational institutions are set to resume from Monday.

The ban on entry of trucks except those engaged in essential services will continue till December 3.

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