The air quality in Delhi on Monday morning, recorded at 331 according to the Central Pollution Control Board, falls within the ‘very poor’ category. Despite marginal improvement on November 19, experts suggest that significant relief from high pollution levels in Delhi and its suburbs is unlikely in the coming days. At 6:30 am, Delhi recorded a temperature of 13.4 degrees Celsius with a visibility of 1500 meters, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The CPCB reported ‘very poor’ air quality at various stations in Delhi, including Jahangirpuri (AQI 395), Punjabi Bagh (AQI 388), Rohini (AQI 381), Nehru Nagar (AQI 376), Anand Vihar (AQI 364), Sonia Vihar (AQI 359), and Patparganj (AQI 358). Stations with ‘poor’ air quality include Pusa, Vivek Vihar, Noida Sector-1, Dilshad Garden, and Lodhi Road.
Persistent ‘very poor’ to ‘severe’ pollution levels in Delhi over the past weeks are attributed to stubble burning in neighboring states, vehicular emissions, and unfavorable weather conditions. In Punjab, authorities have registered 932 FIRs against farmers for crop residue burning since November 8, imposing fines totaling ₹1.67 crore in 7,405 cases. The Supreme Court had directed Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan on November 7 to halt crop residue burning immediately.