Delhi's air quality improves for the first time

The air quality of Delhi has become a big issue for the country but on Thursday wind speed increased and humidity levels dropped due to which the air quality of national capital is improved. As further the sky cleared up in Delhi it dropped the air quality from the category of ‘very poor’ to ‘poor’. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the Air Quality Index, a measured level of pollutants, dropped from 282, on a scale of 500, on Wednesday to 226 at 8 am on Thursday. However, it further improved by 3 pm yesterday, recording an AQI of 196.

The head of the air quality laboratory at the CPCB, Mr. D. Saha said, “Pollution level of Delhi is governed by meteorology. The increased wind speed may have helped disperse the pollutants further.” Mr. Saha expecting the category of AQI of Delhi to moderate for next few days and said “Meteorology and our ground level activities have taken care of air pollutants in National Capital and its surrounding areas. If it continues, we will have moderate AQI, for the first time since past three years, in December.”

From the month of November to till December 5, the air quality in Delhi had remained ‘very poor’, having toxic smog with NO2 and other pollutants, which disrupted normal life and even also affects the India-Sri Lanka Test match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. But now it’s a good news for people of the city that AQI improving now.

Areas close to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Lodhi Road, Shadipur, Burari Crossing, Dilshad Gardens, and the areas around Pusa Road had the better air on Thursday, with a moderate AQI of 119.

The increased wind and dropped in humidity helped to flush out the pollutants which had been accumulating over the past few days in Delhi NCR and adjoining areas.