Even though air quality in the national capital has been improving, it suddenly nosedived again on Friday morning. Latest estimates of the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) pegged the AQI of Delhi at 314 on Friday, which falls under the ‘very poor’ category.
Chandni Chowk is the worst affected due to the presence of pollutants PM 10 and PM 2.5.
At Lodhi Road, the pollutant, PM 10, was recorded at 184, which is an improvement. AQI at Punjabi Bagh stood at 225, Alipur had AQI of 191 while Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium recorded AQI of 257. Sector 125 of Noida and Greater Noida had an AQI of 302 and 347 respectively.
AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 as satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor while AQI from 301-400 is said to be very poor. AQI of 410-500 is severe and more than 500 is severe plus emergency category.
On Wednesday, Supreme Court slammed Punjab, Haryana and Delhi for failing to control air pollution in the national capital and other regions. The Apex court said, “We want immediate action to deal with stubble burning. It seems that there is no coordination among officers and the state government to deal with this situation.”