Air quality in various parts of Delhi has started deteriorating. In Rohini and Jahangirpuri areas of Delhi, the average air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 206 and 230, that fall into a ‘poor’ category, according to Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) data.
In Gurugram, the air quality index has reached up to 283. Many stations in Delhi recorded an AQI of around 200 on Saturday morning.
Earlier, a government forecasting agency had said that the air quality in Delhi is likely to turn ‘poor’. By October 2, the air quality is likely to slip to the “lower end of the poor category”, SAFAR said.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.
The late withdrawal of monsoon and associated stagnant winds are likely to influence Delhi’s air quality negatively by the weekend, it said.
DELHI TO LAUNCH ANTI-AIR POLLUTION CAMPAIGN FROM OCT 5
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said the Delhi government will launch a mega anti-air pollution campaign on October 5 and a centre is being set up in Najafgarh to produce a chemical to deal with stubble burning.
Rai said he has appealed to the Centre and the neighbouring states to use the chemical developed by scientists at Indian Agricultural Research Institute here to manage stubble.
“Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch a mega anti-air pollution campaign after a meeting with officials from departments of environment, transport, development, PWD, Delhi Development Authority, Delhi Jal Board, traffic police and municipal corporations,” he said.
Originally published at India today