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Delhi air pollution: Delhi air quality improves to ‘Moderate category’, AQI at 176

The air quality index continues to decline rapidly. Meanwhile, the air quality index in Delhi reached the moderate category on Wednesday. AQI 176 was recorded in Delhi on Wednesday morning. This was a vast improvement from the previous day's AQI of 227, whereas, it was 294 on Monday and 303 on Sunday.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The people of Delhi and NCR cities who have been suffering from the deep crisis of air pollution since the second week of November have got a big relief. The air quality index continues to decline rapidly. Meanwhile, the air quality index in Delhi reached the moderate category on Wednesday. AQI 176 was recorded in Delhi on Wednesday morning. This was a vast improvement from the previous day’s AQI of 227, whereas, it was 294 on Monday and 303 on Sunday.

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SAFAR estimates that the air level will remain moderate on Wednesday as well, but from Thursday onwards, upper winds may increase the share of stubble smoke. Due to this, an increase in the level of pollution can be seen. It is reportedly said that Noida’s air quality stood at the lower end of ‘poor’ category with AQI measuring 204. As compared to Tuesday, this was a clear improvement as the AQI was 302 around the same time.

Gurugram registered a significant improvement as the AQI measured 162, in the ‘moderate’ category. In Gurugram also the index was in the ‘poor’ category with AQI at 204 on Tuesday. Delhi’s AQI can go beyond 300 or so. Clearest air of a month received on Tuesday The Commission for Air Quality Management had ordered authorities to immediately revoke the curbs implemented in Delhi-NCR under stage three of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in light of the improvement in air quality on Monday.

The AQI continued in the ‘moderate’ category at 146 in Pusa while the index in the Airport region touched 190. For Mathura Road, it was 193. Ayanagar also was in the ‘moderate’ category at 176. However, in the Delhi University region, the AQI was at 303 in the ‘very poor’ zone at 6:30 am on Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, The restriction under stage 3 included a ban on construction and demolition activities, barring essential projects.

Meanwhile, data from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) showed that there were 141 farm fires reported in Punjab on Tuesday, compared to only four on Monday. However, the state reported 2,467 instances of stubble burning on Saturday, November 12.

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Earlier, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) had predicted that the air quality in Delhi-NCR was expected to improve starting on November 14 due to a decrease in surface wind speed and a portion of stubble smoke coming from the northwest.

Notably, The Air Quality Index from 0 to 100 is considered good, while from 100 to 200 it is moderate, from 200 to 300 it is poor, and from 300 to 400 it is said to be very poor and from 400 to 500 or above it is considered as severe.

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