Delhi Still Coughs at ‘Very Poor’ Category, AQI at 310
17 December, 2022 | Pranay Lad
After a brief period of relative reprieve for Delhi residents, the air quality fell into the "very poor" category on Saturday morning.
Delhi’s air quality on Saturday was rated as “very poor” by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). When compared to the Pusa neighbourhood, the air quality at the Delhi University region was classified as “extremely bad,” with a PM 2.5 concentration of 318 in the air.
With an AQI of 386 today, Noida’s air quality is similarly categorised as “very poor.”
Meanwhile, the AQI was 306 and 303, respectively, on Lodhi Road and Mathura Road, both of which had “extremely bad” air quality.
At 266 it was determined that the AQI at Terminal 3 of the Delhi Airport was “poor.”
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.
When Delhi’s air quality was previously considered “moderate,” it subsequently declined and fell into the “very poor” category.
Mandir Marg resident Kuldeep Kumar stated, “There is a burning sensation in the eyes if you continue to go outside in the morning. Currently, there has been a slight decrease in pollution, but not much.”
“The government needs to take action against the 4-wheelers that are operating in the city. Today, if a household has four people, all four have a four-wheeler,” he added.
The Delhi administration was requested to reinstate the Odd-Even scheme by another city citizen. “Compared to the previous year, there is a modest decrease in air pollution. In order to reduce the residual air pollution, the cold has also gotten worse, thus the odd-even system needs to be implemented as soon as feasible,” he explained.