Delhi: Air quality remains poor for fourth consecutive day

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On Sunday, Delhi’s air quality remained poor for the fourth consecutive day with overall Air Quality Index (AQI) docking at 266. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the pollution level will plunge tomorrow with the AQI oscillating between ‘poor’ to ‘moderate’ category’.

For the uninitiated, An AQI between 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is marked as severe/hazardous.

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AQI was 313 in Dhirpur at 8:30 am and it dipped to ‘very poor’ category at 306 in Mathura Road area. AQI near Pusa, Airport, Terminal 3 and Delhi University stood at 245, 290 and 300 respectively. The organization has advised ‘Sensitive Groups’ to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.

Keeping the current condition in view, the locals are advised to take more breaks and do less intense activities. The asthmatics have been advised to keep medicine ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur. “Heart patients, see the doctor, if get palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue,” the organization stated in its advisory.

Strict measures to curb the menace of air pollution will come into force in the national capital and its adjoining areas such as Gurugram, Noida, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad starting from October 15 as part of the Graded Response Action Plan, which was first implemented in Delhi-NCR in 2017.

(With Agency Inputs)

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