30 Oct 2019

Delhi Air Quality At the Worst

Delhi air quality is at its lowest and that it is touching full time high of 999 AQI (air quality index).  It is equivalent to last year.  As the Delhities were busy with Diwali and the AQI touched an all time high.  

The normal level of AQI is 66.  An AQI between 0-50 is considered "good", 51-100 "satisfactory", 101-200 "moderate", 201-300 "poor", 301-400 "very poor", and 401-500 "severe". Above 500 is "severe-plus emergency" category.  At this stage citizens have been advised to wear mask to save themselves from the bad environment condition.  

Normalcy level at this time is far from the rescue.  On Wednesday the sun struggled to shine through the haze with the air quality deteriorating and slipping into the "severe" category in the city and the adjoining areas. Anand Vihar, Wazirpur, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida is the worst affected.

  Visibility levels dropped from 1,200 meters to 800 meters due to the haze at the Safdarjung Observatory.

According to Mahesh Palawat, "People burst firecrackers on Tuesday, the day after Diwali, too. In addition, Punjab and Haryana have recorded a spurt in stubble burning. Unfavorable meteorological conditions are making the things worse,"he added.

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