Delhi: On Sunday morning, the air quality slid to ‘very poor’ in Delhi with the overall AQI of 324. The air quality seems to be only worsening in the national capital despite of the statement from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on October 9 that the pollutant particles in Delhi might decline in the coming days.
Chandi Chowk recorded an AQI of 359 which brings it to the “severe” category. The severe category begins when the concentration of PM 2.5 crosses the 380 mark. Delhi University recorded an AQI of 342, Lodhi Road and IIT Delhi an AQI of 312 and Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport an AQI of 322.
The concentration increased to 8 percent on Saturday although the influence of stubble burning has been minimal during the last 4 days. This is expected to rise to 12 percent by today as predicted by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR).
The wind direction which has been easterly during the past 4 days is predicted to switch to north westerly again which might cause stubble burning to affect the region. The air pollution level in Noida and Gurugram also witnessed an increase.