Delhi pollution: Air Quality Index remains in 'very poor' category for second consecutive day

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WION Web Team New Delhi, India Nov 17, 2019, 09.11 AM (IST) Written By: Bharat Sharma

The air quality in Delhi remained in 'very poor' category for the second consecutive day on Sunday, as per the System of Air Quality, Weather Forecasting, and Research (SAFAR).

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi clocked in at 365 which means the air quality is 'very poor'.

The AQI between the range of 51 to 100 is considered as satisfactory; 101-200 is moderate; 201-300 falls under the category of poor. While 300-400 is considered as 'very poor', levels between 401-500 fall under the 'hazardous category'.

Today morning, the AQI recorded in Lodhi Road was 218 (PM 2.5) and 217 (PM 10).

At Mathura Road, the figure was 304, while IIT Delhi recorded 324, and Airport Terminal 3 stood at 315.

Meagre rainfall and low wind speed heavily contribute to the deteriorating air quality. 

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Locals, especially those who are sensitive to smog and the elderly have been complaining of breathlessness and fatigue, while urgently asking the government to combat the pollution by initiating a long-term solution.

Dr Tarun, a cardiologist at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital said that there has been 10-15 per cent rise in the number of patients suffering from cardiovascular disease as pollution has eclipsed the city for the last few weeks.

"People should remain indoors and increase uptake of anti-oxidants which are found in abundance in fruits. Whenever one has to go out then the usage of N95 mask is mandatory because it is the only mask that protects from PM pollution. People should improve the environment at the homes by having some plants like money plant, snake plant, etc. Finally, if it is affordable then air purifiers should be used in the homes," the doctor added.

Every year, at the end of October, pollution levels spike to inhumane levels in Delhi owing to change in weather and the burning of stubble crop in the neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh.

In Gurugram, the AQI showed improvement and clocked in at 301 in the Gwal Pahari area, according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. The air quality at this level falls under a 'very poor' category.

(With inputs from ANI)