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Delhi air quality turns poor; likely to worsen


New Delhi: The air quality in Delhi deteriorated on Saturday with drop in wind speed, and the authorities predicted further fall in the air quality index of the national capital in the coming days. The overall air quality index (AQI) recorded at 4 pm Saturday stood at 300 which falls in the poor category and is just one point from being ‘very poor’, according to Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

On Friday the AQI of the national capital stood at 154. An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 ‘moderate’, 201-300 ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’, and 401-500 ‘severe’. Adjoining Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida also recorded ‘very poor’ air quality levels, the data by the Central Pollution Control Board showed.

The PM10 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 10 micrometres) in Delhi stood at 243 and the PM2.5 level was recorded at 122, according to the data. Authorities have predicted further deterioration of air quality in the coming days. The PM2.5 level was forecast to reach very poor level by Sunday. A slew of measures are being taken by the CPCB to fight pollution during the upcoming winter season, when the air quality in Delhi is generally the worst.

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