The air quality in various parts of Delhi continues to remain in the ‘severe category’, informed the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) on Monday. As per SAFAR’s analysis, an overall air quality index (AQI) of 432 was reported in the national capital today morning.
Air quality deteriorates in Delhi; visuals from near India Gate this morning.
Overall air quality in the national capital continues to remain in the 'severe' category for the third consecutive day with Air Quality Index (AQI) standing at 432. pic.twitter.com/9Mhe7M46so
— ANI (@ANI) November 8, 2021
However, due to the high wind speed, the condition improved a bit with the AQI in the national capital at 449 on Saturday morning. On Sunday morning it stood at 436, while in the evening it improved further.
AQI, however, is forecasted to improve but stay in the high end of the ‘very poor’ to the ‘severe’ category in the next two days.
How is AQI categorised?
This is to be noted that an AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’.
- 51-100 is ‘satisfactory’
- 101-200 ‘moderate’
- 201-300 ‘poor’
- 301-400 ‘very poor’
- 401-500 are marked as ‘severe/hazardous’
What causes so much pollution in Delhi?
The air quality in Delhi was the poorest in five years post-Diwali celebrations.
One reason can be the bursting of crackers on Diwali on Thursday despite restrictions in place.
However, crackers are not the only cause behind the worsening air quality in the city. Incidents of stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana actually increased this year on Diwali. As a matter of fact, as many as 3,500 incidents of stubble burning were reported in the neighbouring states on Friday, while around 4,000 were reported on Saturday.,
What does the Delhi government do?
The Delhi government has installed smog guns in various parts of the city. Furthermore, water is being sprinkled to bring down the heavy dust particles suspended in the air
As many as 92 construction sites across the national capital have been sealed for violation of pollution-related protocols.
However, people are advised to avoid all outdoor physical activities and move to indoor activities.
If anyone is suffering from asthma, they should keep relief medicine handy, as per the SAFAR advisory