NEW DELHI: The overall air quality in the national capital continued to fall under the very poor category on Tuesday morning as the overall air quality further dipped.
The city's total Air Quality Index (AQI), as reported by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), was 346 this morning, falling under the very poor category. On Tuesday, the levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10 in the air were measured at 346 and 237, respectively, under the extremely poor and poor categories.
According to the SAFAR forecast, the city's air quality will continue to deteriorate on Wednesday, with an AQI rising to 359 in the very poor category.
The AQI is classified as "good" between 0 and 50, "acceptable" between 101 and 200, "moderate" between 201 and 300, "poor" between 301 and 400, and "severe" between 401 and 500.
According to the SAFAR system, the air quality index this morning in Pusa, Lodhi Road, and Mathura Road was 341, 306, and 344, respectively, all falling into the very poor category. According to physicians, continuous exposure to low air quality might cause respiratory illnesses.
However, Delhi's neighboring city of NOIDA saw a significant decline in air quality, moving into the severe category. The air quality index was reported at 438 with PM 2.5 concentrations at 438 and PM 10 concentrations at 319, respectively, falling into the severe and extremely poor categories.
As the AQI was reported at 316, with the PM 2.5 concentration at 316 and the PM 10 concentration at 173 both falling under the extremely bad and moderate category this morning, Gurugram's overall air quality further further degraded to the very poor category.