As the winter season has almost reached the northern part of the country, the air quality index has come to light. Everyone is now focused on the AQI of major cities of India such as Mumbai and Bangalore. But National Capital Region Delhi is the most highlighted city that always remains under everyone’s focus about its air quality. In the past years, Delhi’s air quality was categorized as ‘Severe’ prompting the Delhi Government and respective authorities to take adequate actions and some strict decisions to improve Delhi’s AQI. What will be Delhi’s AQI for the upcoming days? You should know what authorities have said about the air quality index of Delhi. Let’s delve deep into the details and unfold more details.
To tackle ‘very poor’ air quality, the Delhi Government implemented GRAP after identifying eight new pollution hotspots. It is speculated that Delhi’s AQI will remain in “Very Poor” air quality till October 26, 2023, after which the air quality may improve. VK Soni who is a scientist at the Indian Meteorological Department said on Monday that an improvement in the AQI of Delhi can be seen in the coming days as they have implemented GRAP. He emphasized that the air quality would remain in the very poor category until Oct 26. Swipe down the page and read what was Delhi’s AQI on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, October 22, 2023, SAFAR-India measured Delhi’s air quality index at 302 which lies in the “Very Poor” category on the AQI Scale. It also reported the AQI of Mumbai which was at 132. It is expected that Mumbai’s air quality index will remain in the moderate category. On Monday, October 23, 2033, the Environment Minister of Delhi, Gopal Rai said the next two weeks are crucial for Delhi due to which phase two of Graded Response Action (GRAP) has been implemented to tackle very poor air quality.
Gopal Rai further said that eight more pollution hotspots other than the existing 13 have been identified in the city. A special team will be deputed to identify and inspect local sources of pollution, said the environmental minister. As per SAFAR data at 9:30 a.m., the overall AQI of the national capital is at 221, AQI in Airport (T3) stood at 235, Delhi University stood at 300, IIT Delhi at 218, Noida at 228, all lie in ‘poor’ category. Whereas regions like Pusa, Gurugram, and Lodhi Road recorded moderate air quality with AQI at 145, 200, and 197 respectively.