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Delhi’s air quality plunges into ‘Poor’ category, overall AQI at 249

After slight improvement, Delhi's air is still in poor condition. The air quality in the capital was recorded in the poor category for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. Delhi's average air quality index was recorded at 249 on Thursday morning. Not only this, during this time there was a layer of haze in Delhi this morning. It is believed that the air quality will worsen in the coming days.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The air of the country’s capital Delhi still remains stifling. For the fourth consecutive day, the air quality in Delhi was recorded in the ‘poor’ category. According to the Central Pollution Control Board data, the average air quality index (AQI) of the national capital was recorded at 249 on Thursday morning. During this, there was a layer of fog in Delhi this morning and the visibility also decreased. Along with this, people felt cold in the morning.

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According to sources, dense fog enveloped the areas of Delhi and NCR and the capital Delhi was seen wrapped in a thick sheet of mist. During this time people were seen driving with lights on and pedestrians were seen crossing the road very carefully. Explain that an AQI between 0 and 50 is ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 and 500 ‘very poor’. The AQI in the middle is considered ‘severe’.

The air quality in Delhi was recorded in the ‘poor’ category for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. Which is expected to go into the ‘very poor’ category by Friday. AQI 264 was recorded in Delhi on Wednesday, which was 227 on Tuesday. The AQI was recorded at 294 on Monday and 303 on Sunday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the temperature is expected to drop by two degrees Celsius in the next two to three days.

In view of the improvement in the air quality, the Commission for Air Quality Management had on Monday directed authorities to revoke the curbs enforced in Delhi-NCR under stage three of the Graded Response Action Plan with immediate effect.

The curbs under stage 3 included a ban on construction and demolition activities, barring essential projects.

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Delhi had been witnessing significant improvement in the AQI over the last few days. The SAFAR had predicted that the air was likely to improve from November 14 with a decrease in the speed of surface winds and the share of stubble smoke coming from the northwest direction, hence, reducing the pollution of Delhi-NCR.

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