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Air quality plunges to ‘severe’ category in Noida, remains ‘very poor’ in Delhi

The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Noida slipped into the ‘severe’ category as Delhi and Gurgaon remained in the ‘very poor’ category. Gurgaon is predicted to slip into ‘severe’ category from Wednesday, November 2.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 1, 2022 11:15 IST

Birds perch on street light poles amid low visibility due to a thick layer of smog, in New Delhi, Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: The air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday as the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city stood at 359. Noida, which is part of the national capital region, recorded an AQI of 444 and slipped from ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ category, while Gurugram’s AQI stood at 391 and continued to remain in the ‘very poor’ category, as per data released by SAFAR-India.

The air quality in the cities showed no improvement from the previous day. Gurgaon is predicted to slip into ‘severe’ category from Wednesday, November 2. Noida’s air quality is also expected to dip further.

Narela in North West Delhi reported the highest AQI at 571. North Delhi Air Quality is the poorest at the moment as almost all the stations have AQI above 400. Most of the stations in the capital have an AQI above 300 excepting a few like Mandi Marg in central Delhi.

According to data by SAFAR, Dhirpur in Model Town registered an AQI of 494. The AQI near IGI Airport (T3) also stood in the ‘very poor’ category on Tuesday with an AQI of 332.

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As of today morning, the air quality index in Delhi NCR has deteriorated further. Out of the 52 stations whose data is available, 33 stations are in the severe category, and 18 are in the very poor category. The remaining one is in the poor category.

BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla tweeted this morning about the rise in air pollution level in Delhi.

He tweeted, “This year 13,873 stubble burning incidents have taken place in Punjab (33.5% increase) while Haryana has seen a 33% dip. AQI is crossing 500! Last nite it dipped to 700!! Part Time CM KEJRIWAL has made Delhi a Gas chamber by failing on Punjab stubble/Vehicle pollution!”

Delhi slipped into ‘severe’ on the AQI meter on Saturday. With air pollution worsening in the national capital, Delhi authorities halted all construction work and demolition activities till further orders.

Also, GRAP (Graded Response Action Plan) stage 3 was imposed in Delhi on Saturday as soon as the air quality slipped to ‘severe’ condition.

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The GRAP for Delhi-NCR is divided into four stages of air quality. Stage 1 is when the air quality is under ‘poor’ quality, Stage 2 for ‘very poor’ category, Stage 3 for ‘severe’ AQI and Stage 4 for ‘severe plus’ AQI.

Various agencies responsible for implementing measures under GRAP and the Pollution Control Boards (PCBs) of NCR and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) have also been advised to ensure strict implementation of actions of Stage III under GRAP during this period.

CAQM further listed a 9-point action plan as per Stage III of GRAP. This action plan includes steps to be implemented/ ensured by different agencies and Pollution Control Boards of NCR and DPCC.

Several factors could contribute to the air quality improving in the city. The state government had deployed as many as 150 mobile anti-smog guns to sprinkle water on roads across the city. Firefighters have started sprinkling water in different parts of Delhi to bring down the pollution level.

(With input from Kumar Kunal)

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