The overall air quality in Delhi was ‘very poor’ on Thursday, with 339 AQI on the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) index.
Delhi | Air Quality Index (AQI) is presently at 339 (overall) in the 'very poor' category, as per SAFAR-India
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A forecast from the SAFAR system said that local surface winds have been low, resulting in the deterioration in air quality.
Some parts of the city recorded ‘severe’ levels of air pollution at 8 am. According to the National Air Quality Index,
- Anand Vihar showed a reading of 435
- Bawana was 412
- ITO was 405
A reading between 401-500 on the index falls in the ‘severe’ category. It could affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing diseases.
Supreme court on air pollution :
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre and NCR states to continue with measures to tackle air pollution and mooted a scientific approach based on a statistical model to alleviate the situation in the long run. The Supreme court said, “This is the national capital. Look at the signal we are sending to the world. The response has to be based on a statistical model for Delhi…”
The court then pushed for evolving a statistical model for Delhi with the help of the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) to anticipate a weather situation. Furthermore, to take advance measures against air pollution.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that after the last hearing, the situation has improved as the Air Quality Index(AQI) was at 403 on November 16 and now it was 260.
Delhi’s quality showed an improvement due to strong winds on Sunday and Monday. However, the air quality slipped to the “very poor” category on Wednesday. This happened due to a dip in mercury and wind speed, according to official data.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government will allow schools, colleges, institutes and libraries that were closed due to poor air quality to reopen from November 29. Government offices, which were on work-from-home mode, will also open