Delhi engulfed in thick haze with air quality in four regions recorded at 'severe' category, says CPCB

New Delhi: A thick haze engulfed Delhi as the air quality deteriorated and four areas of the national capital recorded 'severe' pollution level, authorities said Tuesday.

"The overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 347, which falls in the 'very poor' category," according to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data.

The CPCB said Ashok Vihar, Mundaka, Narela and Wazirpur recorded 'severe' air quality, while 22 areas of Delhi recorded 'very poor' air quality.

Representational image. News18

Representational image. News18

"The level of PM2.5 - particles in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres - was recorded at 211 and the PM10 level was recorded at 390," it said.

An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

"In NCR, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida recorded 'very poor' air quality," the CPCB data said.

According to the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, a haze has engulfed the national capital and the wind speed and ventilation index are "extremely unfavourable" for dispersion of pollutants.

Ventilation index determines how fast pollutants can get dispersed.

The ventilation index of around 6,000 sqm/second gets rid of pollutants, but it came down to 1,500 sqm/second on Tuesday in the city.

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), "The air quality is very poor and as expected, gradual increasing trend is noticed."

"It is likely to remain very poor with a gradual increasing trend till Wednesday without any major episode and then likely to decline but continue to remain in very poor," it said.

"The surface wind speed further declined as compared to yesterday. All other meteorological factors are unfavourable and likely to remain so at least until tomorrow. The contribution from stubble biomass has almost seized," the SAFAR said.

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Updated Date: Nov 28, 2018 12:09:55 IST

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