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Spike in air pollution; extremely poor air quality choking Delhi, NCR

New Delhi: Air quality in Delhi-NCR is still considered “bad.” The nation’s capital’s air quality keeps becoming worse. AQI for Delhi was 354 on Wednesday morning. However, Noida is still considered to be in the “severe” category.

The AQI remained in the “severe category” in various areas of the national capital as the air quality continued to deteriorate. Delhi still qualifies as “extremely poor,” with a total AQI of 354.

SAFAR report

Dhirpur in Model Town registered an AQI of 443 and entered the “severe” category, per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (). On Wednesday, the AQI near IGI Airport (T3) was 350, which is considered to be “extremely poor.” The AQI at Delhi University was 387.

With an AQI of 428, Noida’s air quality, which had not improved over the previous days, remained in the “severe” category. Gurugram continued to fall within the “extremely poor” classification with an AQI of 346.

Ayanagar, a neighbourhood close to Gurugram, had an AQI of 385 while Mathura Road continued to fall under the category of “very bad” with an AQI of 388.

Delhi showed some improvement after entering the “severe” category on Saturday, but has remained there for the past three to four days.

Rising air pollution

The authorities in Delhi have stopped all building work and demolition operations pending further instructions due to the rising air pollution in the nation’s capital.

Additionally, Stage 3 of the GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) was put into effect in Delhi on Saturday as soon as the air quality was classified as “severe.”

It should be noted that an AQI between 0 and 50 is regarded as “Good,” 51 to 100 as “acceptable,” 101 to 200 as “moderate,” 201 to 300 as “poor,” and 400 as “very poor.” “Very poor” and “severe” are both 401 and 500.

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