NEW DELHI: On Thursday, Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to a ‘hazardous’ level, with the Mundka area in Delhi recording the highest air quality index at 616.
Throughout the National Capital Region (NCR), ‘hazardous’ air quality is prevalent, symbolized by the widespread display of maroon flags.
The significant factors contributing to the decline in air quality levels include minimal wind speed and persistent stubble burning in Punjab.
Delhi’s air quality reached ‘hazardous’ levels on Thursday, with the Mundka area having an air quality index of 616.
The entire National Capital Region (NCR) is marked with maroon flags, signifying ‘hazardous’ air quality.
Major factors contributing to the deteriorating air quality include low wind speed and ongoing stubble burning in Punjab.
On the preceding day, Delhi’s air quality remained in the “very poor” category for the fifth consecutive day, with a maximum temperature of 32.3 degrees Celsius.
Delhi’s overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 357 at 7 pm, as reported by the Central Pollution Control Board.
The Delhi High Court emphasized the forest department’s responsibility for the city’s air quality and urged steps to improve the Air Quality Index (AQI) to protect children from asthma caused by polluted air.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) allocated Rs 20 lakh per zone to combat air pollution, as the city has been experiencing deteriorating air quality for a week.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) ranges from “good” (0-50) to “severe” (401-500). Delhi’s current AQI falls in the “very poor” category.