NewsMobile Pollution Watch: Strong winds help Delhi NCR with drastic improvement in AQI

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The strong winds and light showers helped the national capital and its adjoining regions show a drastic improvement in their AQIs on Saturday, as the AQI settles in ‘moderate’ category today opposed to the ‘severe’ over the last two days.

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

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

DELHI

India Gate, Delhi

Mandir Marg- 165
Rohini- 236
RK Puram- 140
ITO- 173
Dwarka- 200

HARYANA

Gurugram

Hisar- 112
Manesar- 104 
Rohtak- 113

MUMBAI

Gateway of India, Mumbai

Lower Parel- 113
Colaba-83
Powai- 74
Pirojshanagar- 66
Worli- 66

BENGALURU

Cubbon Park, Bengaluru

BTM Layout- 30
Jayanagar- 50
Silk Board- 52
Peenya- 57

The pollution level figures are as per the data taken on Saturday between 09:00 – 10:00 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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