NewsMobile Pollution Watch: Delhi breathes toxic as AQIs hit the ‘severe’ levels

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The national capital and its adjoining regions choke yet again as the AQI levels hit the ‘severe’ category for the second consecutive day as the temperatures dipped.

As per SAFAR, the AQI levels may improve slightly over the next three days to ‘very poor’ category.

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


India Gate, Delhi

Mandir Marg- 401
Rohini- 475
RK Puram- 403
ITO- 410
Dwarka- 428



Gurugram- 364
Faridabad- 398
Rohtak- 398


Gateway of India, Mumbai

Lower Parel- 181
Colaba- 254
Powai- 147
Pirojshanagar- 68
Worli- 272


Cubbon Park, Bengaluru

BTM Layout- 35
Jayanagar- 67
Silk Board- 33
Peenya- 55

The pollution level figures are as per the data taken on Thursday 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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