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Delhi wakes up to toxic haze as AQI dips to ‘severe,’ rainfall set to bring relief today

Delhi and various locations across the National Capital Region (NCR) experienced 'very poor' and 'severe' air quality, with AQI levels reaching as high as 454 in Ashok Vihar.

Delhi shrouded under toxic haze as morning walkers stroll through low visibility at Kartavya Path breathe in polluted air with high levels of PM 10 and PM 2.5. (HT_PRINT)Premium
Delhi shrouded under toxic haze as morning walkers stroll through low visibility at Kartavya Path breathe in polluted air with high levels of PM 10 and PM 2.5. (HT_PRINT)

Delhi woke up to a thick layer of smog that blanketed the city. The National Capital Region (NCR) registered air quality in 'severe' category on Monday morning with an AQI of 400, according to Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.

Also read: Delhi air quality slipped to 'severe' again but likely to improve marginally next week

Various locations across Delhi registered air quality in ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ category at 10 am. Worst air quality was registered at Ashok Vihar where AQI stood at 454. Other locations that registered severe air qualty include Mundka with AQI of 445, Sonia Vihar with AQI of 448, ITO with AQI of 438, Punjabi Bagh with AQI of 436, Jahangirpuri with AQI of 434, Rohini 431, Nehru Nagar with AQI of 429, North Campus with AQI of 420, R K Puram with AQI of 420, Burari Crossing with AQI of 404, DTU with AQI of 403 and Dwarka with AQI of 403.

Also read: Delhi grapples with 'severe' air quality as AQI soars to 404 today

Locations around National Capital Region also recorded high pollution levels including Noida whose AQI stood at 338, in Greater Noida AQI stood at 351, in Ghaziabad AQI stood at 307, in Faridabad AQI stood at 381 and in Gurugram AQI stood at 313.

Dr RK Sharma, a local resident told ANI, “The pollution level in Delhi is worse, causing damage to the lungs. I experience slight discomfort due to pollution, so people should avoid morning walks and cycling as the pollution level is high."

Also read: Coal-based thermal power plants worsening Delhi air pollution, says new study

Restrictions under stages 1 to 3 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) have remained in place and discussions over implementing GRAP Stage IV again in view of worsening air quality situation is being considered. According to Regional Weather Forecast Delhi will most likely witness light rain today following which air quality may improve.

Also read: Delhi air pollution: Environment Minister Gopal Rai says, 'Restrictions under GRAP 3 to continue till..'

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai conducted a meeting on Friday and in a press briefing said, "The incidents of stubble burning are very few now, and the level of pollution is still increasing. Scientists reported 2-3 factors for this. The first is that vehicle pollution's contribution is 36 per cent. The second factor is biomass burning. We made some major decisions after seeing this.

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Published: 27 Nov 2023, 11:08 AM IST
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