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Delhi air quality gets worse, AQI back to 'very poor'; IMD predicts no rainfall for next few days

Delhi air quality returned back to 'very poor' category from Friday onwards after falling in ‘poor’ range for several days. However, no location across Delhi registered ‘severe’ air quality today.

Delhi secured third place today in the list of the top 10 most polluted cities across India. (Photo: ANI)Premium
Delhi secured third place today in the list of the top 10 most polluted cities across India. (Photo: ANI)

Delhi air quality returned back to 'very poor' category from Friday after falling in ‘poor’ range for several days as the AQI in the national capital stood at 316 as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data registered at 7:00 am.

Delhi secured third place today in the list of the top 10 most polluted cities across India. Delhi had been experiencing air quality in ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ range over the past few weeks. However, an improvement was seen following rain on December 3 which improved air quality.

Also read: Delhi air quality improves, registers ‘poor’ AQI after several days

Various locations across Delhi registered air quality in the ‘very poor’ and ‘poor’ category while no location registered the ‘severe’ category today. The worst air quality was registered at Vivek Vihar where AQI stood at 373. Lodhi Road location registered the best air quality across Delhi where AQI stood at 224 which lies in the ‘poor’ range.

Also read: Delhi air quality improves following rain, to remain ‘very poor’ for the next few days

Other locations with relatively high pollution levels include Ashok Vihar where AQI stood at 364, Nehru Nagar where AQI stood at 361, Sonia Vihar where AQI stood at 340 and Wazirpur where AQI stood at 340, R K Puram where AQI stood at 330, Punjabi Bagh where AQI stood at 328, Shadipur where AQI stood at 326 ant ITO where AQI stood at 324.

Also read: Delhi AQI continues to be ‘poor’, ranks third in the list of top 10 most polluted cities in India

The national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 9.4 degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature of 25.7 degrees Celsius according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The IMD predicted mainly clear sky with mist or shallow fog in the morning and similar weather conditions to remain until December 12. IMD has further predicted no rainfall in the National Capital till December 12.

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Locations where air quality was within very poor range but AQI was less than 330 include Anand Vihar where AQI stood at 316, Pusa where AQI stood at 314, New Moti Bagh where AQI stood at 313, Patparganj where AQI stood at 310, North Campus where AQI stood at 302 and Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium where AQI stood at 301.

Also read: Top 10 most polluted cities in India: Delhi ranks top with 388 AQI. Where does your city stand?

Locations around the National Capital Region fared better than Delhi in terms of pollution level including Noida whose AQI stood at 241, in Greater Noida AQI stood at 246, in Ghaziabad AQI stood at 246, in Faridabad AQI stood at 233 and in Gurugram AQI stood at 222. All these places registered ‘poor’ air quality.

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai last week informed that Grap-3 has been lifted in the national capital however the government is making efforts to ensure that Grap-1 and 2 restrictions are strictly implemented.

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Published: 09 Dec 2023, 07:56 AM IST
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