Delhi’s AQI levels are beyond severe and it’s not even Diwali

  • Readings as high as 999 were recorded in many places of Delhi.
  • Ground level dust storms in western India have lead to a rise in Delhi’s pollution levels.
In Delhi, pollution never goes out of style. On 13 June (Wednesday), the air quality index (AQI) in India’s capital city reached passed the severe levels. As per reports, particulate matter concentration (PM10) soared up from 138 ug per cubic meter on the weekend to a distressing 433 ug per cubic meter on Tuesday night.

While the city is usually in a bad state as far as air quality is concerned, it’s usually at such hazardous levels during the Diwali festival in the country. In fact, AQI in Delhi during the monsoon season is usually better, compared to the rest of the year.

The safe limit for PM10 concentration is considered to be 100 ug per cubic meter, while readings above 400 ug per cubic meter are considered dangerous. Many areas in Delhi have recorded air quality index readings as high as 999 over the past few days.

As per real-time AQI updates, pollution in places near Sukhdev college, Paschim Vihar, ITI (Industrial Training Institute) Jahangirpuri have reached these alarming levels. Other places that fall into the same category are Anand Vihar, PGDAV College and Areas near Major Dhyan Chand stadium. The alarming AQI levels are a result of ground level dust storms in parts of western India, according to the Central Pollution Control Board.

The rising temperatures, along with this Tuesday's (12 June 2018) haze, has led to the escalation of air pollution in the national capital. While the air pollution is being caused by rise in PM10 levels, which is often considered less harmful than PM2.5 particles, it is still a serious matter that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Delhi is ranked among the top polluted cities by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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