The National capital has heaved a sigh of relief as the Air Quality Index (AQI) improved slightly on Sunday, November 17, after being in the 'severe' category for five consecutive days. The AQI recorded on Sunday in Delhi and Noida was ‘poor’ while in Gurugram it was ‘very poor’.
Noida: Air Quality Index (AQI) at 221 (poor) in Sector-62 area, as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. pic.twitter.com/i4cJbeAGsH— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 17, 2019
Delhi: Major pollutants PM 2.5 at 218 & PM 10 at 217, both in 'poor' category in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data. pic.twitter.com/8QWrCXrOm0— ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2019
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the national capital was recorded at 365 which falls under 'very poor' category. The AQI between the range of 51 to 100 is considered as satisfactory; 101-200 is moderate; 201-300 falls under the category of poor. While 300-400 is considered as 'very poor', levels between 401-500 fall under the 'hazardous category'.
The AQI recorded in Lodhi Road in Delhi was 218 (PM 2.5) and 217 (PM 10) on Sunday morning. Mathura Road recorded a figure of 304, IIT Delhi docked at 324 and Airport Terminal 3 at 315.
Earlier in the month, the Supreme Court had banned the construction and demolition activities in the region till further orders. The Supreme Court-mandated anti-pollution authority EPCA on Wednesday ordered schools in Delhi-NCR to be closed for the next two days as pollution in the city hovered close to 'emergency' levels. It also advised people to avoid outdoor exposure and work from home wherever feasible. The Supreme Court criticised the Centre over deteriorating air quality in Delhi and asked the government to find a solution to the problem of air pollution. It asked the Centre to explore Hydrogen based fuel technology to find a solution to reduce air pollution in North India & Delhi-NCR. In reply to that, the Centre also told the Supreme Court that it is exploring technology, including that from Japan and is trying to tackle air pollution. Furthermore, it has been decided that the Centre will submit a report on the issue by December 3.