Delhi pollution: Thick blanket of fog develops over national capital; 10 trains delayed as air quality remains ‘very poor’

  • A thick blanket of fog continued to envelop the national capital on Saturday with pollution further clogging the air

  • According to SAFAR, the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi in the morning was docking at 381, considered 'very poor'

  • CPCB stated that for the next 48 hours, residents of Delhi and NCR will experience bad air quality as per meteorological conditions

New Delhi: A thick blanket of fog continued to envelop the national capital on Saturday with pollution further clogging the air. According to SAFAR, the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi in the morning was docking at 381, considered 'very poor'.

An AQI between the range of 51 and 100 is considered as satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 falls under the category of poor and range between 401 and 500 is known as hazardous.

 Delhi pollution: Thick blanket of fog develops over national capital; 10 trains delayed as air quality remains ‘very poor’

Representational image. PTI

In its advisory, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) stated that for the next 48 hours, residents of Delhi and NCR will experience bad air quality as meteorological conditions suggest that humidity levels will be up, and temperatures will be low with light winds in offing.

"However, 21 January evening onwards, Delhi and its neighbourhood areas might start witnessing on and off rains up till 25 January. The intensity of rain can go up from 22 January onward with few moderate spells at many places. During this period, the pollution levels might see a dip, as these rains will wash away the pollutants in the atmosphere, "it added.

Due to thick fog, as many as ten trains have delayed by at least an hour. Jaynagar Anand Vihar Garib Rath Express, Manikpur-Nizamuddin Sampark Kranti were delayed by 2 hours each, Puri-New Delhi Purushottam Express, Gaya-New Delhi Mahabodhi Express, Bhagalpur-Anand Vihar-Vikramshilla were delayed by 6 hours, 5 hours and 3 hours, respectively.

On Saturday, the minimum and maximum temperature of Delhi will hover around 6 Degree Celsius and 23 Degree Celsius, respectively. The humidity in the region will be oscillating between 70 percent and 75 percent with wind speed 5 kilometre/hour.

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Updated Date: Jan 19, 2019 15:05:50 IST