Delhi air quality improves from Severe to poor, Odd-Even shines again

High-speed winds improved Delhi’s Air Quality

The Delhi air quality reached from Severe to poor soon after the Odd-Even Scheme was implemented on 4th November. The air quality in the National capital has reached such a low level that this downgrade from ‘Severe’ to ‘poor’ also seems to be a huge relief for the residents of Delhi NCR region. The positive influence of high-speed winds are also to be credited for the change in air quality.

The air quality in New Delhi was recorded 276 (AQI level) on Wednesday morning according to the Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) and System of air quality.  This is a significant improvement in the AQI level on the third day of Odd-Even scheme as AQI level had nearly reached 500 after Diwali.

AQI Level Described

The AQI level from 0 to 50 is considered ‘good’, 50-100 is considered  ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 is ‘moderate’, 200-300 is considered ‘poor’, 301-400 is considered ‘very poor’, 401-500 is ‘severe’ anything beyond 500 AQI falls under the “severe-plus’ category.

According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, major pollutants PM 2.5 was recorded at 279 and PM 10 was recorded at 250 in the Lodhi Road area on Wednesday.  Both the AQI level is in the ‘poor’ category.

However, the layer of smog still persists in the sky of New Delhi area. Pictures from the India Gate area suggest that the air quality is still in the ‘Unhealthy” category and visibility is also impacted by the pollution.

Schools have reopened after the extended Diwali break

Schools have reopened after the extended Diwali break and children have returned to the schools across the Delhi NCR region. Schools were closed till November 5 depending on the air quality in the coming days.

“Winds gusting up to 25 kmph were flushing out pollutants faster”, Indian Meteorological Department said.  Head of the IMD’s regional weather forecasting centre, Kuldeep Srivastava said that there are good chances of rains in northwest India on Wednesday night and Thursday because of the western disturbance.

The Supreme Court, on the other hand, miffed with the deterioration in air quality in Delhi in last few days, called the chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab on Monday. The Supreme Court asked chief secretaries to appear in person on Wednesday.  The apex court summoned Delhi Chief Secretary on Tuesday to report to it on the matter.

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