Deadly Air Quality Crisis in Delhi: Despite a recent decrease in overall pollution levels in Delhi over the past few days, a concerning development has emerged regarding PM2.5, a fine particulate matter known for its detrimental impact on respiratory health. In the last 24 hours, there has been a staggering 140% increase in PM2.5 levels, particularly affecting the lungs.
This decline in air quality comes in the aftermath of the Diwali festival. The heightened concentration of PM2.5 raises alarms about the city's air quality and its potential health implications.
At a perilous level, the concentration of PM2.5, the most harmful particulate matter present in the air, has been recorded at an average of 200.8 micrograms per cubic meter at 7 AM today.
According to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), this marks a stark increase from the recorded level of 83.5 micrograms per cubic meter at the same time last Sunday.
As per CPCB figures, during this period, PM2.5 and PM10 pollutant levels soared to 500 or above in many locations, including Rohini, ITO, and Delhi Airport area.
It is noteworthy that due to rainfall on Thursday night and Friday morning in Delhi, there was an improvement in pollution levels. However, the air quality deteriorated again due to the fireworks during Diwali.
In several areas of Delhi, the air quality index once again reached around 300. Despite the temporary relief from rain, the impact of Diwali festivities on air quality underscores the ongoing challenges in maintaining a healthy atmosphere in various parts of the city.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality in Delhi on Monday has fallen into the 'Poor' category.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 296 in Anand Vihar, 290 in RK Puram, 280 in Punjabi Bagh, and 263 in ITO.