Delhi hits severe pollution levels again, visibility down to 200m; IMD officials say it’s not smog

Dense fog enveloped Delhi early on Tuesday morning.

The national capital woke up to a cold foggy morning on Tuesday at 8:30 am. The average air quality index (AQI) also hit 396 at 8 am, which further peaked by  indicating severe pollution level of 403 at 9:30 am . This is the second time the Capital has hit severe category since Diwali.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, individual stations in Delhi-NCR recorded AQIs as high as 446 at 9:30 am. Out of 19 monitoring stations in NCR, 12 recorded severe air quality. The lowest AQI was in Gurgaon at 357 at 9:30 am, which is classified as very poor.

Areas close to Shadipur, in west Delhi, had the worst air quality at 9:30 am, with a severe AQI of 446. The primary pollutant here was PM2.5, which is considered a finer and more dangerous pollutant.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said visibility in the capital was at 200 m around 5:30 am on Tuesday, and it had not improved till 8:30 am. “It may clear up by 10:30 am,” a Met official said adding that temperatures had dropped to 17 degrees Celsius early on Tuesday.
In Noida, AQI was 430 at 9:30 am. Low visibility in the city resulted in slow traffic. Long traffic queues were seen on the Delhi-Noida-Delhi Flyway and Noida-Greater Noida expressway from 8 am as the rush hour for work began. Noida Traffic Police said that traffic congestion was noticed near the Noida Gate and sector 16 A flyover. “Due to low visibility, there was traffic congestion. However, we are trying to clear roads as soon as possible,” said Layak Singh, traffic inspector, Noida Police.

 

Areas close to Shadipur, in west Delhi, had the worst air quality at 9:30 am, with a severe AQI of 446. The primary pollutant here was PM2.5, which is considered a finer and more dangerous pollutant. The fog condition began on Monday night as mist covered the city and pollution levels shot up. Reports also poured in that visibility was at its lowest in several parts of the city and the hazy air could even be spotted inside Delhi Metro stations.

Source:- Hindustan Times

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s