Thursday, November 30, 2023

Delhi: Quality of Air still at ‘very poor’ category, AQI at 3O9

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According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, or SAFAR, the air quality in the nation’s capital was measured on Monday morning as being in the “very poor” category with an AQI of 309.

Nevertheless, the National Capital Region (NCR) continued to experience poor air quality as Noida, a city in the NCR, reported an AQI of 344 in the “very poor” category. At 8 am this morning, Gurugram’s AQI score was 290, placing it in the “bad category.” Speaking of other locations, the AQI for Dhirpur was 375, for Lodhi Road it was 256, for Delhi Airport (T3) it was 306, for Mathura Road it was 316, and for Pusa, it was 293.

IIT Delhi’s AQI was 350, while Delhi University’s was 325, placing both institutions in the “poor category.”

When the Air Quality Index is between 0 and 100, it is excellent; when it is between 100 and 200, it is moderate; when it is between 200 and 300, it is bad; when it is between 300 and 400, it is very poor; and when it is between 400 and 500 or above, it is severe.

Formerly on November 7, the Delhi government eased a number of earlier restrictions, including the prohibition on trucks entering the nation’s capital.

After the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) stage 4 was revoked by the Central Government’s Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai declared that the truck entry ban had been lifted. 

This means that trucks and non-BS 6 diesel light motor vehicles are now permitted entry into Delhi.

Delhi continues to have BS III petrol and BS IV diesel vehicle restrictions in place. According to Gopal Rai, the ban was put in place as part of Stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), and it has not yet been revoked.

Gopal Rai stated in the briefing that the prohibition on personal building and demolition operations will nonetheless remain in effect.

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