Delhi’s air quality doesn’t seem to improve anytime soon. An overall air quality index (AQI) of 377 was recorded by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on Sunday, which is the highest in 20 days.
Delhites woke up to a foggy Monday morning while a minimum temperature of 7.6 degree celsius was recorded on the day. According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the level of PM2.5, fine particulate matter in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometre, was recorded at 201, ‘very poor’ category, and PM10 level at 336 in the ‘poor’ category at 8am. It is also predicted that the pollution will rise in the next two days and will remain in the very poor category.
The data above generates some serious concern, because it is definitely not lying in the range of 0-50, which is considered good. Rather it lies in the 201-300 poor and 301-400 very poor categories. Whereas 51-100 is considered satisfactory, 101-200 moderate and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous. Meanwhile, the maximum and minimum temperatures in the region were hovering at 24-degree Celsius and 11-degree Celsius, respectively.
An increase in pollution is expected in the coming two days and can be brought down only if the city receives rain.