Delhi’s air quality continues to be in the ‘very poor category. The air quality index (AQI) is currently at 399, which means that it is unhealthy for people with heart and lung problems. The AQI was recorded at 372 on Tuesday. The capital has been experiencing a thick fog after Diwali, which has worsened the situation further.
The meteorological department has forecast heavy rainfall in the coming days which may lead to an improvement in the conditions. But it will take some time before we can see any substantial change if at all there is one.
Delhi’s air quality continues to be in a very poor category, and the city hasn’t been able to improve it since the beginning of this year.
The World Health Organization defines “good” air quality as having less than 10 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) of PM2.5, or less than 60 μg/m3 for particulate matter with a diameter of fewer than 2.5 μm. A “poor” quality is between 10 μg/m3 and 100 μg/m3 on a 24-hour basis; however, the WHO recommends that people avoid all outdoor activities if their concentrations are above 25 μg/m3 on any given day.
Delhi’s air quality continues to be in the very poor category and is expected to worsen over the next few days.
Delhi recorded its worst air quality index of the season on Wednesday. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), PM2.5 levels were recorded at 500 micrograms per cubic meter, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) has set a daily standard of fewer than 20 micrograms per cubic meter as safe.
The Delhi government has also issued an advisory for people to stay indoors after 10 pm if they have cardiac disease or are elderly.
Delhi NCR, which is the capital of India and also the home to 13 million people, has been suffering from poor air quality for the past few days. The air quality index (AQI) continues to be in the ‘very poor category, with an overall score of 531.6 as per data provided by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research Institute (SAFAR). The government has issued a warning to Delhiites to stay indoors because of the poor air quality.
According to experts, this is a result of increased emissions from industries and vehicles. Some people are also reporting difficulty breathing because of the smoggy conditions in Delhi.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has posted a message on its official Twitter handle asking commuters not to talk on their mobiles while traveling through metro trains as it causes noise pollution.
The government has also urged people not to open their windows or doors when they are outdoors as this can cause more pollution inside their homes and offices.
Delhi has been experiencing a very bad quality index of air.
It is not just the city, but it is also affecting the neighboring states in a bad way.
In addition to the ongoing smog problem, Delhi’s air is also facing several other issues including particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and PM10 levels that are above permissible limits, according to a report by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).