New Delhi: As smog shrouds parts of north India after Diwali cracker bursting and stubble burning, the Air Quality Index in the national capital fell under the category of ‘very poor’ on Tuesday morning. The National Capital Regions were also among the cities with poor to very poor air quality. The AQI recorded in Ghaziabad was 301, Noida 303, Greater Noida 270, Gurugram 325, and Faridabad had an AQI of 256.
Pollution level in various parts of Uttar Pradesh also increased today with smog shrouding the landscape.
UP| Pollution level increases in various parts of state; visuals from Moradabad
“Pollution level has gone up a bit,” says a local
Another local says, “Pollution this year is less as compared to last year. Crackers are burnt for a day but pollution persists throughout the year”. pic.twitter.com/agbDYlkY2S
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) October 25, 2022
While the air in the national capital and other parts of north India was ‘very poor’, the AQI in other parts of the country also witnessed deterioration. According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the AQI in Mumbai was measured at 74 falling under the ‘moderate’ category while the forecast for tomorrow says that the AQI will reach the ‘poor’ category. For the next three days, the AQI in Mumbai is predicted to remain ‘moderate’.
The air quality in Pune on the next day of Diwali was ‘satisfactory’ with a measure of 45. The air quality in Pune is expected to remain ‘satisfactory’ for the next three days though the city’s air quality may slip down to ‘moderate’ category tomorrow.
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Gujarat’s Ahmedabad had ‘moderate’ air quality today while the prediction for tomorrow says that the city’s air quality will be ‘very poor’. For the next three days, Ahmedabad will have ‘moderate’ air quality.
An AQI of zero to 50 is regarded as “good,” 51 to 100 as “satisfactory,” 101 to 200 as “moderate,” 201 to 300 as “poor,” 301 to 400 as “very poor,” and 401 to 500 as “severe.”