Delhi Air Pollution
New Delhi: The air quality in Delhi and its neighbouring areas slipped to poor category on Wednesday as wind speeds witnessed a considerable drop in the region. The air quality again deteriorated from the ‘moderate’ category on Tuesday to poor category on Wednesday, as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutants PM 2.5 & PM 10 were at 206 and 202 respectively, which means both were in ‘poor’ category, in Lodhi Road area.
On Tuesday, the AQI at Anand Vihar was at 306 with PM 2.5 at 306 and PM10 at 269. Meanwhile, in Ashok Vihar, the level of air pollution was high as the AQI was recorded at 309 at 9:30 in the morning.
In areas such as Mandir Marg, ITO and Lodhi road, the AQI was 271, 281 and 212.
The pollution levels inched towards the ‘poor’ category due to calm winds, low temperature and high humidity. At several major junctions of the city, the AQI oscillated between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ category. In the wake of the worsening weather condition, Delhi-NCR saw a surge in the number of masked faces as pollution levels rose. The pollutants that have been accumulated took the form of a haze, leaving people with itchy eyes, headache and breathing problems.
The air in the national capital has been toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR and had advised people to limit their exposure to the environment.
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