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Delhi’s AQI Remains ‘Very Poor’ Amid Ongoing Pollution Concerns

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On Tuesday morning, the overall air quality in the national capital persisted in the ‘very poor’ category, according to SAFAR-India. SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) reported that the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the entire Delhi region stood at 303, falling into the ‘very poor’ category. The Delhi University area and Pusa registered ‘very poor’ and ‘poor’ air quality, with AQIs of 335 and 242, respectively. IIT Delhi recorded an AQI of 306, pushing it into the ‘very poor’ category. Even the Airport (T3) had an AQI of 313, indicating ‘very poor’ air quality. In contrast, Mathura Road’s AQI was 173, classifying it as ‘moderate.’

Notably, Noida reported a ‘very poor’ AQI of 308, while Gurugram’s air quality was rated as ‘poor’ with an AQI of 249. The previous day, on Monday morning, the overall air quality in the national capital was also categorized as ‘very poor,’ with an AQI of 306.

The AQI (Air Quality Index) serves as a user-friendly tool for conveying air quality conditions to the public. It simplifies complex data on various pollutants into a single numerical value, along with associated nomenclature and color codes. An AQI between 0 and 100 is considered good, 100 to 200 is moderate, 200 to 300 is poor, 300 to 400 is very poor, and 400 or above is severe.

Furthermore, India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist VK Soni mentioned to ANI on Monday that while there may be some improvement in air quality following the implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), it is expected to remain in the ‘very poor’ category until October 26. The AQI approached 300 on Monday, and there is optimism that the measures introduced under GRAP 2 will contribute to enhancing air quality. GRAP comprises a set of guidelines and measures aimed at combating air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR), encompassing Delhi and its environs.

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