Air quality improves in national capital, parts of Delhi record 'moderate' AQI


This is a significant improvement from the air pollution levels of the last few days, which soared due to the use of firecrackers in Diwali.


Air pollution levels in the national capital significantly improved on Tuesday with several parts of the city reporting Air Quality Index (AQI) in the 'satisfactory' category.

However, a blanket of haze was visible on the Delhi-Noida Direct flyway on Tuesday morning.

As of 7 am on Tuesday, Delhi’s AQI was 161, which was in the “moderate” category. The prominent pollutants were PM 2.5 and PM 10.

The air quality in the Delhi-National Capital Region improved significantly after Diwali, with rainfall and a favourable wind speed. Several parts of Delhi-NCR received light to moderate rainfall after Diwali.

As per data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Anand Vihar reported an AQI of 173, Lodhi Road reported 121.

Mean while, RK Puram and Najafgarh continued to report higher numbers with 'severe' AQIs of 205 and 213 respectively.

This is a significant improvement from the air pollution levels of the last few days, which soared due to the use of firecrackers in Diwali.

An AQI between 0-50 is marked good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101- 200 is moderate, 201- 300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor and 401-500 is considered severe.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government on Monday launched the second phase of the 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign to curb air pollution in the National Capital. 

Delhi’s air pollution typically worsens in October and November due to farmers burning stubble in neighbouring states, unfavourable wind speed and local emission of traffic fumes in the city. 

To tackle the rising air pollution, On October 29, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal  had launched the "Green Delhi" app, which would enable people to register complaints about violation of anti-pollution norms.

Through this photo-based complaint lodging app, people will be able to inform the government about the burning of waste, and industrial and dust pollution.

On October 6, CM Kejriwal had announced that the mobile app is a part of the Delhi government's "Yudh Pradushan Ke Virudh" campaign to reduce pollution levels in the national capital. 

As per the report, there will be a time limit for redressal of the complaints received on the Green Delhi app.
People residing in Delhi and National capital are reeling under the impact of breathing polluted air. They are using
mask and scarves to cover their nose from the cocktail of dust and smog.

Stubble and garbage burning, dust, local industrial and vehicular emission are among the factors that contribute to high pollution levels every winter in the national capital.

Due to the rise in pollution levels, people are having problems with breathing and some children have started facing throat problems due to contaminated air.

The medical practitioners across the city have advised people, who are suffering from breathing difficulties to avoid outside activities. 

They also advised that to drink enough water to avoid dehydration and have fresh fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidant to boost the immunity.


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