News ID: 262919
Published: 1055 GMT December 14, 2019

Delhi breathes a sigh of relief as air quality improves

Delhi breathes a sigh of relief as air quality improves
timesnownews.com

The pollution level in Delhi went down for the second consecutive day on Saturday thanks to heavy showers on Thursday night. The air quality on Saturday morning improved from 'very poor to 'poor' category with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) standing of 280, according to the latest estimates updated by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).

AFAR estimates show Dhirpur Road was the most polluted area with an AQI of 302 in 'very poor' category followed by Lodhi Road (306), timesnownews.com reported.

Till Thursday morning, the residents of Delhi-NCR were forced to breathe 'very poor' air for nearly three consecutive weeks. But heavy rains on Thursday night brought much-needed relief to the residents in Delhi-NCR.

"The rainfall associated with western disturbance has contributed to this quick recovery through wet deposition (washing out) process. On Sunday, AQI may marginally deteriorate but will remain in the poor to lower end of the very poor category. Only a few biomass fire counts in Northern India and with prevailing weather, zero biomass fire contribution in Delhi's Air," SAFAR forecast predicted.

AQI between the range of 51 and 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.

In the National Capital Region (NCR) too, there was a slight improvement in air quality on Saturday. Neighboring areas such as Noida in Uttar Pradesh recorded an AQI of 312 in the 'poor' category. While in Gurugram, Haryana, AQI was registered at 330 in the 'poor' category compared to two days earlier when the air was in the 'severe' category.

Earlier, the Delhi government had blamed stubble burning as one of the major contributing factors for the rise in pollution levels in the national capital and its adjoining areas.

In November last month, the Supreme Court had ordered an immediate stop to stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The court had also rapped Delhi, Centre and state governments to take steps immediate steps to curb pollution in Delhi.

   
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