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Delhi grapples with persistent air pollution as air quality remains ‘severe’ at 400 mark in many parts

The air quality in the national capital continued to prevails in the ‘severe’ category on Thursday morning, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) surpassing the 400 mark in several places, according to the Central Pollution Control Board at 8 am. According to CPCB data at 7 AM, the AQI in Delhi's Alipur was recorded at 414, in Bawana at 441, in Dwarka-Sector 8 (412), Jahangirpuri (434), Mundka (424), and NSIT Dwarka (406).

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital continued to prevails in the ‘severe’ category on Thursday morning, with the Air Quality Index (AQI) surpassing the 400 mark in several places, according to the Central Pollution Control Board at 8 am. According to CPCB data at 7 AM, the AQI in Delhi’s Alipur was recorded at 414, in Bawana at 441, in Dwarka-Sector 8 (412), Jahangirpuri (434), Mundka (424), and NSIT Dwarka (406).

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After a few days of relief, Delhi has been registering a steep increase in AQI levels following a marginal improvement on Sunday. The visibility early in the morning also remained low in the city.

The overall air quality across national capital, however, was recorded in the ‘Very Poor’ category, as per the data shared by System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). The overall AQI on Thursday morning was recorded at 373.

According to the meteorological department, there is a possibility of a change in the weather of Delhi-NCR in the next few days. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has underscored that Delhi’s air quality is currently the most polluted in the country. Delhi ranks first on the global list of the most polluted cities, with three Indian cities—Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai—included in it.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, 401 and 450 severe and above 450 severe plus.

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The AQI level dropped after the Center on Saturday (November 18) lifted stringent restrictions, including a ban on construction work related to linear projects and entry of polluting trucks in Delhi, following a decline in pollution levels due to favorable wind speed. developed. And direction.

These measures constitute the final stage — Stage IV — of the Centre’s air pollution control plan called the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

Industrial emissions, vehicle pollution, and agricultural practices such as crop burning pose a significant health risk to the population, with air quality increasingly reaching unhealthy levels. Despite mitigation efforts, the situation requires continued attention and action.

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