Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) has dropped to the poor category with the reading at 304 on Tuesday morning which went up further to 368 at Bawana in the evening. According to the Central Pollution Board’s data, average AQI was recorded at 261 on Monday, 216 on Sunday and 221 on Saturday.
The north-west district of Delhi Wazirpur recorded the highest AQI at 379 which is high. Similarly, Dwarka Sector 8 and Mundka recorded average AQI at 364. Meanwhile, Lodhi recorded the cleanest air at 193.
NCR regions Noida, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Faridabad have also recorded very poor air quality on Saturday and Sunday. According to the reports, Greater Noida is one of the most polluted cities right now.
Delhi’s air pollution levels turn for the worse at the change of seasons due to stubble burning along with suspended water droplets in the lower atmosphere which come together in a smog blanket, causing several health problems for people in Delhi and NCR.
This year, the Delhi government has launched a massive anti-air pollution campaign “Yuddh Pradushan Ke Viruddh’ which is being led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Environment Minister Gopal Rai to deal with pollution in Delhi. In this regards, the Delhi government has set up a green war room with the experts of 10 people at the Delhi Secretariat to monitor the steps being taken to deal with high levels of air pollution in upcoming days.
The System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) categorises air quality into categories like 0-50 range as very good quality, 51-100 as normal quality, 101-200 as moderate, 201-300 as poor, 301-400 as very poor, and above 400 as worst.
According to the weather department, transportation contributes 20 to 40 percent of air pollution in Delhi with road dust contributing 20 to 30 percent air pollution in the National Capital and industries chipping in with 5 to 30 percent. The weather department said the farm fires in the neighboring states are also the main reason for the increasing air pollution in Delhi.