NewsMobile Pollution Watch: Delhi air quality continues to be ‘severe’

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Air quality in Delhi continued to be severely polluted with parts of the city recording Air Quality Index (AQI) in the “severe” category on Friday.

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Anand Vihar recorded an AQI of 408, while Bawana, Patparganj, and Wazirpur recorded AQIs of 447, 404, and 411 respectively, all four in the “severe” category.

To tackle the rising air pollution, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched the “Green Delhi” app, which would enable people to register complaints about violation of anti-pollution norms.

“Today we are launching the Green Delhi app to involve every citizen. You can file any kind of complaint regarding pollution via this app, which is available on the Play Store. If you witness industrial pollution or dust, you can upload its video, picture, or audio. Automatically the location will be sent to us,” said Kejriwal.

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- 353
  • Rohini- 415
  • RK Puram-  367
  • ITO- 380
  • Dwarka (Sector 8)- 401

HARYANA

Gurugram
  • NISE Gwal Pahari, Gurugram- 336
  • New Industrial Town, Faridabad- 338
  • MD University, Rohtak- 363

MAHARASHTRA  

Gateway of India, Mumbai
  • Mumbai- 107
  • Pune- 56

 KARNATAKA 

Cubbon Park, Bengaluru
  • Bengaluru- 31

The pollution level figures are as per the data taken on Friday between 10:00- 12:00 IST unless mentioned otherwise. 

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