Big relief for Delhi, air quality improves significantly to 'moderate' category
The air quality in Delhi has substantially improved to the higher end of the satisfactory category, stated the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) on Sunday.
At 8:00 am, the AQI of the national capital was at 129, which falls in the moderate.
The air quality index between the range of 51-100 is deemed as satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 falls under the category of poor. While 300-400 is consiedred very poor, levels between 401-500 is considered hazardous.
Main pollutant with particulate matter 2.5 was found at 115 in moderate category and particulate matter 10 at 221 in poor category in Lodhi Road area this morming, as per the AQI data.
As per SAFAR, the burning of crop debris in Haryana, Punjab and nearby regions are almost same as past three days but due to the change in circulation pattern and wet transport path, their impact in Delhi region is negligible.
At Chandni Chowk, the air quality index with particulate matter 10 was detected at 391 in the morning which was at very poor category, while in Mathura Road the air quality index with particulate matter 10 stood at 169 in moderate catagory.
By 21st October, a change in wind direction, moist condition and considerable biomass plume transport is anticipating (15 per cent) and faster worsening in air quality from poor to very poor is predicted by 22nd October.
As per the organisation, further extreme worsening in AQI of the national capital is only expected by the first week of November. The western disturbance can emphatically impact Delhi’s air quality.