NewsMobile Pollution Watch: Delhi, Gurugram AQIs remain ‘moderate’ despite heavy dust storms

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The National Capital Region was hit by a severe dust storm on Wednesday evening, but the AQIs in the areas remained ‘moderate’.

Pollution Watch brings you the measure of Air Quality Index (AQI) in major cities across the country.

ALSO READ: Dust storm hits Delhi-NCR, heavy rains predicted

The AQI is measured by taking into account the PM (particulate matter). The pollution of a place is measured either in PM10 or PM2.5, depending on which particle is more dominant in the air in that place.

PM10 is the particle which is 10 micrometers or less in diameter and PM2.5 is the finer particle with a diameter measuring 2.5 micrometers or less.

PM2.5 is considered more harmful since it is finer and can travel more deeply into the lungs and cause very harmful effects. These tiny particles in the air reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when their levels are high.

0-30 Good
31- 60 Satisfactory
61- 90 Moderate
91- 120 Poor
121- 250 Very Poor
Beyond 250 Severe

*All levels are measured in PM2.5


India Gate, Delhi

Mandir Marg- 173 
Shantipath- 108
R.K. Puram- 103
Shanti Niketan- 108
Dwarka- 108



Gurugram- 183
Faridabad- 101
Rohtak- 180


Gateway of India, Mumbai

Pirojshanagar- 13
MPCB Bandra- 22 
Bandra East- 25
Lower Parel- 27


Cubbon Park, Bengaluru

BTM Layout- 22
BWSSB Kadabesanahalli- 14
Jayanagar- 9
Sanegurava Halli- 15 PM10  

The pollution level figures are as per the data taken on Thursday at 09:00 IST unless mentioned otherwise. The NGT has formed a committee to look for ways to combat the growing hazards for air pollution in  Delhi


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