Delhi Struggles To Breathe As Air Quality Further Dips Down To ‘Poor’ Category
Delhi’s air quality index is showing no signs of easing down as it recently recorded in the ‘poor’ category.
A toxic haze has been surrounding the capital of India, Delhi for a long time. Delhi’s air quality has always been subjected to a number of headlines and today is no different. It was just a few days back, November 18, 1010, when Delhi’s air quality was recorded to be in the ‘moderate’ category. The government agencies, back then, had revealed that the air quality was not expected to change in the next three-four days. However, since then the quality of the air has deteriorated and has now reached the ‘poor’ quality. On the other hand, 14 out of 38 monitoring stations in Delhi have registered ‘very poor’ air quality. Check out the video below –
The Central Pollution Control Board (AQI) has launched a mobile app titled SAMEER which records the city’s air quality index. The application registered air quality index of 281 on Monday morning, i.e. November 23, 2020. The stations which have recorded ‘very poor’ air quality include Anand Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Bawana, Dwarka sector 8, Jahangirpuri, Mundka, Narela & Rohini. This is certainly a matter of concern, given that these are also the areas that house a dense population and are considered to be hubs. The central government also has an Air Quality Early Warning System for the capital city which had reported that Delhi-NCR’s air quality would dip further down due to unfavourable meteorological conditions.
As of now, a total of 649 farm fires were observed in Punjab, Haryana, and nearby regions which will further contribute to the low air quality index of the city. For the unversed, AQI between 0 to 50 is tagged as ‘Good’. Anything between ‘301 to 400’ is considered to be ‘very poor’ and the air quality index between ‘401 to 500’ is considered to be ‘severe’.
The improvement seen in Delhi over the last weekend ended up being short-lived. However, with major efforts being made by the central government, it can be expected that the air quality makes some improvements. However, statistics suggest the opposite.
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