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The city recorded the overall air quality index (AQI) 218 at 10.30 am, Jahangirpuri (AQI 283) recording the highest pollution level in the capital.
Air pollution has begun to deteriorate in Delhi with the increase of pollutants in the atmosphere; View from Akshardham … https://t.co/gSLxgx720z
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On saturday, 24 hours Average AQI Stood at 221, which falls in the poor category.
An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 and 500 ‘serious’. .
SAFAR, the air quality monitor of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said the AQI is likely to improve in the medium range by Monday.
SAF said farm fires were observed in Punjab adjoining Pakistan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, which is likely to affect Delhi’s air quality on Sunday.
However, the wind direction will change rapidly and the impact of the farm fire will lessen.
Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 19.8 degrees Celsius on Sunday morning. The maximum wind speed was 15 kilometers per hour and the direction was west-north.
Low temperatures and steady winds help in the accumulation of pollutants near the ground, affecting air quality.
The high level of air pollution in Delhi is a year-long problem, which can be attributed to adverse meteorological conditions, agricultural fires in neighboring areas and local sources of pollution.
According to an analysis by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water on Delhi-based air pollution, transport contributes the most – 18 to 39 percent – to Delhi’s air pollution.
Road dust is the second largest source of air pollution in the city (18 to 38 percent), followed by industries (2 to 29 percent), thermal power plants (3 to 11 percent) and construction (8 percent).
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