Delhi Air Pollution: Air Quality Continues to be in 'Very Poor' Category, Respite Likely After December 10
Delhi Air Pollution (Image: PTI)

New Delhi, December 8: The air quality in the national capital continued to be in the 'very poor' category on Sunday. According to a tweet by ANI, the AQI was reported to be 'very poor' in area around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium (India Gate circle), the Central Pollution Control Board said. Even on Saturday, the air quality in the national capital was in the 'very poor' category  with the overall Air Quality Index docking at 388 with PM2.5 at 235 and PM10 360. On Friday, the overall air quality in the city was 370 at 9.45 am; it was ‘severe’ with an AQI of 404 at 4 pm.

According to the latest estimates updated by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), there is no let up in air pollution in Delhi with an overall AQI of 360 on Sunday. The agency said that air quality likely to remain 'very poor' till December 9 and residents will likely get respite after December 10 as a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect northwest India in the coming days. An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’. An AQI above 500 falls in the ‘severe plus’ category.

Reports inform that as per SAFAR at 7 am on Sunday, Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal 3) in the national capital was the most polluted area with an AQI of 387. IGI was followed by Chandni Chowk with an AQI of 383, which is in the 'very poor' category. Several other areas including Mathura Road also registered an AQI of 376 again in the 'very poor' category.