Delhi’s air quality is improving, but still very poor

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New Delhi: Air quality in the national capital remained in the “very poor” category on Thursday morning with an overall air quality index (AQI) of 303, according to the System for Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

The city’s overall AQI was 329 on Wednesday morning. The National Capital Region (NCR) also continued to suffer from poor air quality, with Noida’s AQI at 309.

Meanwhile, Gurugram’s air quality was “moderate” with an AQI reading of 144.

In Delhi, the level of PM 2.5 and PM 10 was 147 in the ‘very poor’ category and 275 in the ‘poor’ category.

The AQI at all major monitoring stations in the capital was also in the “very poor” range.

Pusan’s AQI was 290, while Dhirpur’s AQI was 295. Lodhi Road’s AQI was 266, Delhi Airport (T3)’s AQI was 303, and Mathura Road’s AQI was 319. Delhi University’s AQI was 322, while IIT Delhi was 252 in the “poor” category . As of 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Ayanagar was also in the “poor” category, ranked 297.

Air quality indices between 0 and 100 are considered good, while indices ranging from 100 to 200 are considered moderate, 200 to 300 poor, 300 to 400 very poor, and 400 to 200. 500 or more is considered severe.

With air quality in the national capital improving, primary schools reopened on Wednesday after being closed on November 5 due to an order by the Delhi government.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced on Monday that primary schools will reopen today (November 9) and that the ban on outdoor activities for classes above them has been lifted.



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