“Air pollution in Delhi: Its Magnitude and deteriorating Effects on Health”

New Delhi: For the past 22 days, residents of Delhi-NCR have been exposed to air pollution. Due to strong winds, the situation has eased significantly since Monday, and pollution levels had dropped from 'very severe' to 'bad.' However, when the cold wave conditions worsened on Tuesday evening, pollution levels slowed again, and they now fall into the 'very severe' category. While there has been some reprieve in Delhi today, with the AQI dropping to 280 in the morning, the pollution level has nonetheless remained in the 'bad' category. On Tuesday morning, the AQI was 315, then dropped to 290 by 4 p.m., however the situation altered again after 4 p.m.On the other hand, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Delhi-NCR pollution case once again today. In the last hearing, the court had expressed displeasure over the attitude of the Centre and the Delhi government.

Where it has been revealed that Delhi had seen some relief from pollution due to strong winds. Delhi was hit by strong winds of 20-30 kmph after 22 days, leading to a reduction in pollution levels. Senior IMD scientist RK Jenamani has said that the pollution level has improved marginally due to wind in the pollution-hit national capital, Delhi. The improvement in the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi has brought some relief from pollution to the people of the capital. According to the Met Department (IMD), the wind speed in Delhi-NCR has increased since November 22. Due to which the Air Quality Index (AQI) had come down to 290 in the evening. However, pollution levels still remain in the "very poor" category.

Not only that, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), strong winds in the national capital have shown a slight improvement in air quality in the morning today (Tuesday) i.e. November 23 and improved visibility. With the average air quality index (AQI) recorded in the city at 315, air quality remains in the 'extremely poor' category. Gurugram recorded 318 AQI and Faridabad 326.

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