Delhi’s air quality improves but stil in very ‘poor quality’ category

The national capital's air quality remained in the'very poor' category on Thursday morning, with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 303, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

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New Delhi: The national capital’s air quality remained in the’very poor’ category on Thursday morning, with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of 303, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

The city’s overall AQI was 329 on Wednesday morning. The National Capital Region (NCR) also continued to suffer from poor air quality, with Noida recording an AQI of 309.

Meanwhile, Gurugram’s air quality was “moderate,” with a reading of 144 on the AQI metre.

In Delhi, the level of PM 2.5 and PM 10 was 147 in the’very poor’ category and 275 in the ‘poor’ category, respectively.

The AQI at all major monitoring stations in the national capital was also in the’very poor’ range.

Pusa had an AQI of 290, while Dhirpur had an AQI of 295. Lodhi Road had an AQI of 266, Delhi Airport (T3) had an AQI of 303, and Mathura Road had an AQI of 319. The AQI at Delhi University was 322 while IIT Delhi was 252 in the ‘poor category.’ At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Ayanagar was also in the ‘poor’ category, at 297.

Air Quality Indexes ranging from 0 to 100 are considered good, while those ranging from 100 to 200 are considered moderate, those ranging from 200 to 300 are considered poor, those ranging from 300 to 400 are considered very poor, and those ranging from 400 to 500 or higher are considered severe.

Following an improvement in the quality of air in the national capital, primary schools reopened on Wednesday after being closed since November 5 due to a Delhi government order.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced on Monday that primary schools will reopen today (November 9) and that the ban on outdoor activities for classes above them has been lifted.