AQI continues to remain ‘poor’ in Delhi, ‘western disturbances’ to the rescue

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Air Quality Index was 235 on Wednesday in the capital.

On Tuesday, the Air Quality Index was at 207 which was slightly lower than Monday’s average of 249.

The categorization of the Air Quality index is done accordingly: 0-50 (Good), 51-100 (Satisfactory), 101-200 (Moderate), 201-300 (Poor), 301-400 (Very poor) and 401-500 (Severe).

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 Winds blowing into the capital as part of a geographical phenomenon called the ‘Western Disturbance’ is expected to keep the Air Quality Index in the capital in the higher end of ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ categories.

Government run monitoring agency, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research said that it is expecting further deterioration of air quality only in the month of November when the stubble burning from the neighbouring states reaches its last phase.

Pollution levels will increase if the wind directions are North-Westerly. This means that the winds blow into the capital from North West and bring all the pollutants that are a result of stubble burning from the state of Haryana and Punjab.

SAFAR said that stubble burning contributes to 14% of the total air pollution in Delhi.

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) blamed the Union government and the state governments of the neighbouring states for its failure to combat the issue of stubble burning and even pointed out to an increase in the number of incidents of it.

 

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