The past 24 hours have brought some relief to the people residing in the national capital and its adjoining areas such as Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad as the air quality index on Tuesday slightly improved from ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ category in Delhi-NCR, stated the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.
At 9 am on Tuesday, the overall AQI of Delhi docked at 381, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category. The AQI between the range of 51 to 100 is considered as satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 falls under the category of poor. While 300-400 is considered as ‘very poor’, levels between 401-500 fall under the ‘hazardous category’.
At Dhirpur, the AQI was 271 in the morning, while in Mathura Road area it dipped to ‘poor’ category at 236. Furthermore, AQI near Chandni Chowk, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 375, 234and 256 respectively.
Locals especially the middle-aged people complained of breathless and fatigue urged the Delhi government to take requisite measures to combat the menace.
IMAGE: A policewoman wears a mask to protect herself from air pollution at a junction during restrictions on private vehicles based on registration plates on a smoggy morning in New Delhi. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters
IMAGE: Children wearing masks walk on a skywalk near Delhi – Meerut Expressway in New Delhi. Photograph: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters
IMAGE: A woman wears a face mask to protect from pollution in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI Photo
IMAGE: A woman sits on a park bench amid heavy dust in Delhi. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images
IMAGE: A crow sits on a barricade in front of India Gate amidst smog in New Delhi. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters