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Delhi: Delhi air quality improves further, AQI stands at 316; Gopal Rai calls meeting today on reopening schools, revoking WFH

New Delhi: For the second consecutive day in Delhi-NCR, some relief from air pollution is going on on Monday. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the AQI in the ITO of Delhi on Monday morning has been recorded 336 in the 'very poor' category.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: For the second consecutive day in Delhi-NCR, some relief from air pollution is going on on Monday. Like Sunday, on Monday too, the Air Quality Index in different areas of Delhi-NCR has been recorded in the ‘very poor’ category. According to media reports, due to the change in the direction of the wind, there has been some reduction in the level of pollution compared to the previous days.

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According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Delhi’s Average Air Quality Index (AQI) has been recorded at 316 on Monday morning. Which is still in the very bad category. Apart from this, 332 AQI was registered in Noida and 325 in Gurugram. AQI recorded at all monitoring stations in the city stood in the ‘very poor’ category. In Pusa, the AQI was 315 while Delhi University recorded it at 330. The index in the Airport region touched at 319 and for Mathura Road, it was 318.

According to the report of Skymet Weather, a private agency that issues weather forecast, the winds will continue for the next two to three days. This will definitely give some relief to the people of Delhi from pollution. Ayanagar also was in the ‘very poor’ category at 315. Both Lodhi Road and IIT Delhi recorded an AQI of 306 as they continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category at 6:30 am on Monday. The AQI level has improved in all these locations as compared to the previous day.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will chair a high-level meeting today to discuss the new directions by the air quality panel and a decision on reopening primary schools and revocation of the order asking 50 per cent of government staff to work from home is also likely to be taken, according to Delhi government officials. The decision regarding revoking work-from-home order and reopening primary schools has to be taken by the Delhi government.

Considering the improvement in air quality, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) revoked the stage IV restrictions under Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi and National Capital Region. The restrictions of the third phase of GRAP will be continued.

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