New Delhi, 24 November
Delhi’s air quality slipped to the very poor category on Wednesday morning as low temperatures and slow surface winds allowed accumulation of pollutants.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city was recorded at 357 at 9 am.
According to the India Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 9.2 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest temperature so far this season. The maximum temperature is likely to be around 27 degree Celsius.
The air quality had improved on Sunday and Monday due to strong winds.
The 24-hour average AQI on Tuesday stood at 290, which is the second best AQI for the month since November 1 (281).
The air quality in Delhi remained very poor or severe for the rest of the day.
Neighbors Faridabad (348), Ghaziabad (346), Greater Noida (329), Gurugram (308) and Noida (320) also saw a drop in air quality on Wednesday morning.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate”, 201 and 300 “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, and 401 and 500 “severe”. .
The Delhi government will take a decision on reopening schools, colleges and other educational institutions and work from home for its employees during a review meeting on Wednesday.
It will also discuss whether CNG-powered trucks carrying non-essential goods can be allowed to enter Delhi.
The government on Monday lifted the ban on construction and demolition activities in view of the improvement in air quality and inconvenience caused to workers.
The city government on Sunday night extended work from home for its employees and banned the entry of trucks carrying non-essential goods till November 26 to combat air pollution and reduce its health effects. PTI