The Air Quality Index (AQI) rose to 201 on Monday, an improvement from the previous day’s reading of 276, but still considered “very poor.” While this is still good news for health-conscious citizens, it’s not great news for those who are trying to enjoy the upcoming holiday.
The Delhi government has issued a warning that residents should “avoid going out and doing strenuous physical activities,” and people with respiratory ailments should stay indoors if possible. The forecast calls for high levels of dust and pollution throughout the week, which could make matters worse as people try to enjoy their holidays.
Delhi’s air quality has turned “poor” days ahead of Diwali, according to CNN IBN. The AQI for Delhi is currently at 201 and rising. This is the second-worst reading in seven years.
The air quality index is based on readings from a network of air-quality monitoring stations, including those run by India’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The CPCB says that emissions from vehicles, construction sites, and dust are all factors contributing to Delhi’s poor air quality.
Delhi’s air quality has turned “poor” days ahead of Diwali, an official has said.
The air quality index (AQI) in the national capital was recorded at 201 today, according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).
A run-of-the-mill AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory”, 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “severe” and 301 or more “very poor”, according to a government statement.
It said that Diwali will be celebrated on October 24, but with a focus on the rational use of energy and low carbon emissions in households, businesses, and other sectors.
Delhi’s air quality turned “poor” days before Diwali, according to the India Meteorological Department.
The AQI (Air Quality Index) in Delhi was at 201 on Saturday, the highest it has been this year. The index is based on five factors: water-soluble particulate matter, PM2.5, PM10, ozone, and carbon monoxide.
The day before Diwali is considered a ‘poor’ day for air quality because of the increase in traffic and industrial activity that occurs as people prepare for the holiday.
The DPCC has advised people to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities if possible.
“The number of incidents reported during this period has been minimum. However, due to smog, there is a slight rise in temperature as compared to normal,” said Manish Khariyawas, lead scientist at Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).
According to DPCC officials, the main reason behind the poor air quality in Delhi is the burning of crop residue in farm fields.
The air quality index (AQI) for PM 2.5 was recorded at 407 on Wednesday morning and it is likely to go up further as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts that pollution levels will remain high in the coming days due to stubble burning in different parts of the country including Delhi.” We are also witnessing a critical situation where pollution levels are rising rapidly with stubble burning across Punjab and Haryana,” said Anumita Roy Chowdhury,