Due to increased pollution in Delhi-NCR, there has been a mist cover in the sky on Thursday and due to this the air quality has reached ‘very poor’ level. Here the generator has also been banned in order for strict air pollution control measures under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
NASA satellite images show a fire in a large area near Amritsar, Patiala, Tarn Taran and Ferozepur in Punjab and in Ambala and Rajpura in Haryana. However, the Air Quality Early Warning System of the Ministry of Earth Sciences for Delhi stated that its impact on the air quality of the capital was minor.
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The air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 315 on Thursday at 11:10 am in the capital. The air quality was at such a poor level the last time in February.
The 24-hour average AQI was 276 on Wednesday, which falls in the ‘bad’ category. It was 300 on Tuesday, 261 on Monday, 216 on Sunday and 221 on Saturday. The highest pollution levels were recorded on ITO (AQI 372), in Vivek Vihar (AQI 370), and in Shaadipur on Thursday morning (AQI 359).
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It (317), Ghaziabad (326), Greater Noida (344) and Noida (314) in NCR’s neighboring cities Faridabad were in the Red Zone in terms of air quality.
It is worth mentioning that AQI between 0 and 50 is ‘good’, 51 and 100 is ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 is ‘medium’, 201 and 300 is ‘bad’, 301 and 400 is ‘very bad’. And between 401 and 500 are considered ‘severe’.