Air quality in Delhi hits ‘very poor’ level

With the rise of pollutants in the atmosphere, the air quality in the national capital reached the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday.

According to reports, an increase in farm fires in Punjab, Haryana are impacting the air quality in Delhi-NCR. More than 700 cases of stubble burning were reported from Punjab and Haryana this year, which is much higher than the incidents reported last year.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is at 332 in ‘very poor’ category. At ITO, the PM 10 level was 320 and PM 2.5 was 389, whereas, in Anand Vihar, the PM 10 level was 428 and PM 2.5 was 397. The 24-hour average AQI was 261 on Monday, it was 216 on Sunday and 221 on Saturday.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 is considered as ‘severe/hazardous’.