Friday, Jan 18, 2019 | Last Update : 03:37 PM IST
The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting said the air quality may impr-ove in the next 2 days under the infl-uence of light rains.
New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to “very poor” category on Friday due to reduced wind speed even as authorities said rainfall predicted in the next couple of days might lower the pollution level.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall air quality index (AQI) in the city was 348, which falls in the “very poor” category.
An AQI between 100 and 200 comes under the “moderate” category, 201 and 300 is considered “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, while that between 401 and 500 is “severe”.
Anand Vihar, Bawana, Dwarka Sector 8, ITO, and Mundka recorded “severe” air quality and 28 areas recorded ‘very poor’ air quality, the CPCB said.
In the NCR, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, and Noida recorded “very poor” air quality, while Gurgaon recorded “poor” air quality, it said. The overall PM2.5 level — fine particulate matter in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers — in Delhi was recorded at 246, while the PM10 level was at 396.
The Centre-run System of Air Quality and Wea-ther Forecasting (Safar) said the air quality may improve in the next two days under the influence of light rains, which is expected thereafter.
“The overall air quality slipped to “very poor” ran-ge as predicted by Safar owing to the slowing down of surface wind speed significantly. It will deteriorate further, but will remain in the “very poor” category with small fluctuations in the next three days if it does not rain. Other meteorological conditions are not favourable although foggy conditions are likely to reduce now,” the Safar said.
The air quality was recorded in the “poor” category on Wednesday and Thursday with increased wind speed, which helps in cleansing the air.