The MET department highlighted a staggering hike in air pollution and decreased air quality index yet again when Delhi localities breathed a sigh of freshness! According to Central Pollution Control Board’s report, Delhi witnessed a successive drop in Air Quality index from 377 on Sunday to 375 on Monday marking it as “very poor”.
Pollution level in Anand Vihar and Punjabi Bagh shot a whopping level beyond 400. Cancellation and delay of 19 trains were scheduled owing to intense fog and reduced visibility. The satellite images from NASA displayed a sorry picture of subtle burning in certain areas of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
One of the reasons for spiked pollution may be due to no blowing of wind; which intensified the pollutants concentration. Amidst all this misery, a surprising December rain is awaiting Delhi on Monday evening or Tuesday owing to western disturbances. A cloud cover, high humidity and drop in maximum and minimum temperature is likely to occur by Tuesday. A drop in moisture level will accelerate the speed of wind and mist will demystify sparing Delhi from the horrible air pollution for the time being.
The particulate matter in the air was at a peak level since Sunday. Both Particulate Matter (PM) 10 and PM 2.5 have been four times above the safe standard since Sunday night. The level of PM 2.5 at Delhi NCR was 241 and in Delhi, it was 235 units. The level of PM 10 was 142 since Sunday. The current AQI across some regions of Delhi in random order are as follows: R.K.Puram- 165, Shadipur- 209, Anand Vihar- 235, Dwarka- 178, Gurugram- 181.
Jayantika is an Associate Product Manager passionate about positioning the right products to the right audience at the right time. She kickstarted her career as a content writer and has written blogs on pollution, fashion, news and recent technologies. In her free time, she likes to read books, write articles, travel and hike.
She interned at SimplyPurify from Oct 2017 to Dec 2017 as a content writer