Delhi’s air quality index deteriorates, ranks among top 10 polluted

Today, India’s capital city, Delhi, finds itself amongst the ten most polluted cities in the country. The central pollution control board’s latest data indicates that as of 9:30 AM, the air quality index (AQI) in Delhi stands at 377, placing it in the ‘very poor’ category. Even though there was a brief period of improvement when the air quality rose to the ‘poor’ category, it has since fallen back to ‘very poor’ from Friday onwards. The AQI has been consistently deteriorating. Here’s a closer look at the zones within the capital where the air quality has reached alarming levels.

Air Quality Deteriorates in Delhi
The air quality in Delhi has hovered between severe and very poor for the past month. However, there was a brief respite on December 3 when the air quality improved following rains. But with the onset of winter, pollution levels within the city have been steadily climbing. Various areas within Delhi have recorded air quality levels ranging from very poor to severe. Wazirpur reported the highest AQI in the national capital, with a reading of 430. On the other hand, Dilshad Garden was the only area categorised as ‘poor’ today, with an AQI of 288. To gain more insight into the air quality across Delhi, read on.

Areas such as Nehru Nagar, Vivek Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Patparganj, Okhla, Sonia Vihar, ITO, Mandir Marg, and Shadipur have registered AQIs that exceed the city’s average. Specifically, Nehru Nagar reported an AQI of 424, Vivek Vihar 418, Ashok Vihar 409, Patparganj 402, Okhla 399, Sonia Vihar 392, ITO 390, Mandir Marg 386, and Shadipur 381. Other locations with AQIs ranging between 300 and 377 are below the city’s average. For example, the AQI in Jaipur is 371, Sirifort 370, Moti Bagh 368, Sial Aurobindo 365, Majnu Chand National Stadium 364, and Pusa 354. For more details regarding the capital’s temperature, continue reading.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the maximum temperature recorded in the national capital was 24.8 Celsius, while the minimum temperature dipped to 6.8 Celsius as peak winter approaches. The IMD anticipates a mainly clear sky with morning fog or mist and partly cloudy skies in the evening. The weather is predicted to remain cloudy, with no rainfall expected until December 19. Delhi’s Grap-3 restrictions have been lifted, but the government is ensuring strict adherence to Grap-1 and Grap-2 restrictions. Delhi’s Environment Minister, Gopal Rai, previously stated that Grap-3 restrictions have been removed. Stay tuned to our website for further updates.