Air purifiers have been installed at the ITO crossing in the national capital after a thick blanket of fog engulfed Delhi and the national capital region (NCR), with air quality dipping to ‘very poor’. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) on Monday said that overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the national capital was detected at 329, which falls in the ‘ very poor’ category.
“I am from Himachal Pradesh. Comparatively, the weather of Delhi is very poor. It’s really difficult to breathe. More than the state and the Central Government, the locals should also understand the problem and refrain from doing any harm to nature,” a Delhi resident said. In Delhi’s Mandir Marg, major pollutant particulate matter 10 (PM10), was detected at 707 today morning, while in the vicinity of Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium it was detected at 676 and near Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at 681, all these fall under the ‘hazardous’ category. 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 or hazardous. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature in the national capital stood at 15 degrees Celsius, with a maximum of 29 degree Celsius.