The air quality in Delhi recorded a marginal improvement on Sunday morning, with the city’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 386 in the ‘very poor’ category, according to the Ministry of Earth Science’s air quality monitor, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).
Delhi | Air Quality Index (AQI) presently at 386 (overall) in the 'very poor' category, as per SAFAR-India
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However, at 6 am today, the concentrations of the particulate matter (PM) with a diameter of 10 and 2.5 microns stood at 386 and 232 respectively, both falling in the ‘very poor’ zone, as per Centre-run SAFAR.
Air quality in parts of Delhi:
According to the Central Pollution Control Board data, the air quality in
Alipur is 338
Ashok Vihar – 365 AQI
Bawana -387 AQI
Mathura Road- 361 AQI
Chandni Chowk -376 AQI
Dwarka Sector 8 – 374 AQI
Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal 3) -338 AQI
As a result, these areas stood in the ‘very poor’ zone.
Meanwhile, the AQI was recorded at 431 in Anand Vihar, 411 in Jahangirpuri and 402 in Wazirpur, all falling in the ‘severe’ zone.
As per government agencies, an AQI within the range of
- 0-5 is good
- 51-100 is satisfactory
- 101-200 is moderate
- 201-300 is poor
- 301-400 is very poor
- 401-500 is severe
Supreme Court on Delhi Pollution:
Ont the other hand, the Supreme Court today told the central government to prioritise an emergency plan over long-term measures as Chief Justice NV Ramana said, “You see how bad the situation is even in our houses, we are wearing masks.”
Asking the centre and states to submit their response by Monday. Furthermore, the Chief Justice said: “You tell us how do you plan to take the emergency measures? Two-day lockdown? What is your plan on lowering the AQI (Air Quality Index) levels?”.
Meanwhile, an emergency meeting will be held later today between the centre and states. It includes Punjab and Haryana, the court was told. “Look at the issue by going beyond (the) responsibility of governments (centre or states). Something needs to happen so that we feel better at least for the next two-three days,” the Chief Justice said.