Delhi’s air quality is ‘very poor’ with an AQI of 322, impacting Noida and Gurugram as well, reflecting the persistent air pollution issue.
Mumbai’s Air Quality
Mumbai enjoys a ‘moderate’ air quality status with an AQI of 128, providing respite from severe pollution seen in Delhi.
Delhi’s Air Quality Trends
The capital experienced six consecutive days of ‘poor’ air quality, and experts predict a worsening situation due to slow winds and colder temperatures.
Causes of Delhi’s Air Pollution
Factors contributing to Delhi’s poor air quality include slow wind speed, local pollution sources, stubble burning, and firecracker emissions.
Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP)
The second phase of GRAP is implemented to curb pollution, introducing measures such as prohibiting coal and wood-burning stoves, increasing CNG and electric buses, road cleaning, and more.
Understanding Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI categories range from ‘Good’ to ‘Severe.’ Delhi’s ‘very poor’ AQI falls under Stage 2 restrictions, highlighting the severity of pollution.