Delhi’s ‘Very Poor’ Air Quality Index Is Choking

The downgrading air quality index has ensconced in the ‘very poor’ with eight regions of the National capital on the high alert.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) data showed major pollutant PM 2.5 and PM 10 are at 245 and 247 respectively, at Lodhi Road. Both fall in ‘poor’ category. The overall air quality has been recorded in ‘very poor’ category.

Meanwhile, the fog will lift in the morning with temperatures hovering around 27 degrees Celsius. Humidity in the region has plummeted to 61 per cent with a wind speed of 8 kilometres per hour.

AQI between the range of 0-50 is considered good while the range beyond 500 is contemplated as hazardous. The air quality index between the range 51 to 100 is marked as satisfactory while 101-200 range is touted as moderate. The range of 201-300 comes under the category of poor whereas 401-500 range is considered as severe.

The worst air quality was recorded at Narela with AQI recorded at 449, in ‘Hazardous’ category and the best air quality was recorded at 155 in ‘moderate’ category. Experts have predicted that the air pollution will continue to engulf the capital and its nearby region from the next couple of days.

In order to prevent the smog-haze issue, the pollution-hit cities can follow Singapore’s footsteps, as they faced a similar issue in 2015. In order to provide relief to its citizens, the Singapore government introduced the Haze Subsidy scheme, which provided affordable treatment for haze-related conditions to elderly, children and poor.