Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: According to data of System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) still continues to remain in the ‘very poor’ section with an average reading of 318 of PM 2.5.
Delhi’s AQI slipped into the ‘very poor’ category once more after a slight improvement where the wind speeds had picked up marginally. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) officials said, even though the overall AQI had improved 15 of the 36 monitoring stations in the city recorded ‘very poor’ AQI values.
Furthermore, air quality levels are set to deteriorate over the coming week, due to unfavorable meteorological conditions.
A senior CPCB official said, “The improvement in the air quality is due to wind speeds marginally increasing. Good winds help pollutants disperse in the air. However, according to inputs from the Meteorological Department, winds are likely to remain calm over the weekend, which, coupled with farm fires and local emissions, is expected to trigger a spike in pollution levels”.