Delhi AQI slides, still in ‘Very Poor’ category

13 November, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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According to SAFAR at 8:00 am today, the national capital's AQI was at 320, indicating a relative improvement in the city's air quality.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) at 8:00 am today, the national capital’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was at 320, indicating a relative improvement in the city’s air quality.

The city still has “extremely poor” air quality despite this relative improvement recorded at 353 on Saturday. The National Capital Region (NCR) continued to experience poor air quality as Gurugram’s AQI remained at 324 while the city of Noida also reported extremely poor air quality with a reading of 341.

All significant monitoring stations in the nation’s capital reported AQI readings that fell into the “extremely poor” category.

AQI in Pusa was 326 while the AQI in Dhirpur was 319. AQI of 315 was measured on Lodhi Road, 315 at Delhi Airport (T3), and 324 on Mathura Road. Meanwhile, Delhi University’s AQI and IIT Delhi were both in “extremely poor category” with 317 and 349, respectively.

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.

National Human Rights Commission gave the chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh four weeks to submit detailed reports examining the air pollution in Delhi-NCR and to appear before it at the upcoming hearing scheduled for November 18 in light of SAFAR’s earlier finding that stubble burning contributed 34% to Delhi’s PM 2.5 pollution.