Delhi’s air quality continues to remain under ‘poor’ category as stubble burning continues in neighbouring states

New Delhi: Air quality continues to remain under the ‘poor’ category in the national capital due to stubble burning, with the air quality index (AQI) of areas such as Jahangirpuri and ITO standing at 267 and 257 respectively, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee informed on Saturday.

The Delhi AQI rose to over 200 to very poor category mostly due to the rise in stubble burning cases in neighbouring states like Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

In Dwarka Sector 8, the AQI recorded at 248 while it stood at 230 in Anand Vihar.

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) on Wednesday had forecasted deterioration of air quality in the national capital with increasing magnitude till October 10.

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

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On Friday, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had inspected a construction site at Pragati Maidan where an anti-smog gun has been deployed as part of the measures to control pollution.

Rai had said that the Delhi government has taken steps to fight pollution and wants cooperation from other states.

On Thursday, he had started a centralised war room at the Secretariat to control air pollution while coordination from all agencies.

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