The Quality Of Air In Delhi Remains ‘Very Poor’; Smog Recorded In Some Parts

The pollution in Delhi is getting worse day by day. Recent records showed that air quality has reduced.

Isha Khatu

November 13, 2020

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Delhi has been facing major issues with air quality for the last two weeks. Although the experts said that the quality got much better, the national capital recorded and witnessed poor quality of air on November 12, Thursday morning. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi saw smog even on Friday morning.

Air quality in Delhi gone for a toss

As the winter season has kicked in most parts of the country, the capital has started facing issues because of the smog. On Thursday, the pollution in Delhi had increased and the air quality in Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Gaziabad had decreased. The dip in the pollution level has reduced because of the change in the direction of the wind from northwesterly to northeasterly. The air quality index in Delhi was recorded as 315 at 9 am on Thursday and before that the air quality index was 344 on Wednesday and 476 on Tuesday.

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According to the Air Quality Index, an AQI between the measures of 0 to 50 is considered as good. AQI between  51 and 100 is said to be satisfactory while 101 to 200 is considered moderate. When the AQI reaches between 201 to 300 it is said to be poor while between 301 and 400 it is considered to be very poor. The Air Quality Index has gone as low as 476 and is said to be severe as it comes between 401 to 500.

Delhi has witnessed 6 ‘severe’ days in the past few days according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. On Thursday at 4 pm, the AQI in Gaziabad went up to 328 and that in Noida and Greater Noida was 305 and 327 respectively. On the other hand, in Faridabad, it was recorded to be 304 and in Gurgaon, 293. Looking at the indexes of these cities, the air is said to be poor and very poor and the lives of the citizens are at a huge risk. Extremely poor quality of air leads to respiratory issues in humans and thus the people in Delhi have to now be careful while leaving their homes.

Steps taken by the Government to control the pollution 

To curb pollution, the CPCB earlier on Wednesday had ordered the closing of hot mix plants and stone crushers in the Delhi-NCR area. They have speculated that the pollution in Delhi might increase during the festive season. The stubble burning in the Punjab and Haryana were asked by the Government to be stopped in order to curb the Delhi pollution. 

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