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Delhi-NCR chokes on smog as AQI remains in ‘severe’ zone with 400 mark, thick fog reduces visibility

Anand Vihar recorded a hazardous average air quality index (AQI) of 447 in the wee hours of the morning, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. At 5 am in the morning the air of the area was filled with PM 2.5. According to CPCB data, the situation is no better in other parts of Delhi, with AQI recorded at 465 in RK Puram, 467 at IGI airport and 490 in Dwarka, all at toxic air quality levels.

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
Updated:
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Delhi-NCR chokes on smog as AQI remains in ‘severe’ zone with 400 mark, thick fog reduces visibility

New Delhi: Delhiites woke up under the hazardous smog clouds as the air quality in Delhi and its adjoining areas continued to prevail in the severe category as a thick layer of poisonous smog blanketed the city on Friday morning. The national capital’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 404 on Friday morning, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) website.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Several places in Delhi prevailed in the severe AQI category this morning. Places like RK Puram, IGI Airport, Anand Vihar and Dwarka reported over 400 AQI readings at 5 am.

AQI recorded at various places in Delhi-NCR –

Anand Vihar – 447
RK Puram – 465
IGI Airport – 467
Dwarka – 490
Noida Sector-125 -352
Knowledge Park – III in Greater Noida – 314
Gurugram Sector 51 – 444

The average AQI in Delhi, measured at 4 pm daily, was registered at 419 on Thursday. Preceding values were 401 on Wednesday, 397 on Tuesday, 358 on Monday, 218 on Sunday, 220 on Saturday, and 279 the previous Friday.

Anand Vihar recorded a hazardous average air quality index (AQI) of 447 in the wee hours of the morning, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. At 5 am in the morning the air of the area was filled with PM 2.5. According to CPCB data, the situation is no better in other parts of Delhi, with AQI recorded at 465 in RK Puram, 467 at IGI airport and 490 in Dwarka, all at toxic air quality levels.

Residents of Noida and Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh found marginal relief as their air quality remained in the ‘very poor’ category, according to the data. Noida Sector-125 recorded an AQI of 352, while Knowledge Park-III in Greater Noida reported an AQI of 314.

Meanwhile, Gurugram in Haryana witness persistent air quality issues, with an AQI of 444 in Sector-51 at 5 am, as reported by CPCB data. The 24-hour average AQI for Delhi, recorded at 4 pm daily, stood at 419 on Thursday, reflecting a continuous decline from 401 on Wednesday, 397 on Tuesday, and 358 on Monday. The trend indicated a deteriorating air quality situation over the past week.

Despite strict ban on construction works, burning of firecrackers and entry of diesel-guzzling trucks in the city to curb air pollution, the city’s air quality has deteriorated significantly in the last few days. In response to the escalating crisis, the AAP-led Delhi government on Thursday establishes a six-member task force to ensure strict enactment of the Centre’s air pollution control plan GRAP in the national capital, Environment Minister Gopal Rai stated.

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