The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the National capital recorded an improvement for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. As per latest estimates by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), overall AQI has been recorded at 346. Yesterday, overall AQI in Delhi was recorded at 411.
The figures put Chandni Chowk on the bottom rung in Delhi in terms of pollution. The AQI was recorded at 402 here at 7:30am, which is the severe category. Dhirpur Road is the second most polluted area with an AQI of 373.
According to latest estimates of SAFAR data, major pollutants, PM 10 and PM 2.5 in the Lodhi Road area were recorded at 202 and 352 respectively.
PUSA, Mathura Road and Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal 3) fell under ‘very poor’ category with an overall AQI of 359, 355, 329 and respectively.
AQI between 51 and 100 is considered satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate and 201-300 falls in the poor category. An AQI of 300-400 is considered very poor and 401-500 falls under the hazardous category.
On Monday, the Supreme Court slammed authorities for failing to control air pollution. The Apex Court ordered an immediate halt to stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.