Delhi air improves from 'severe' to 'poor'

Delhi air improves from severe to poor

New Delhi: With respite from the severe air, the National Capital on Sunday morning witnessed an improvement in the air quality which was under the 'poor' category. The sky was visibly clear as compared to the haze blanket since a couple of days. The average air quality index here was 218 at around 1400 hrs according to the Central Pollution Control Board based on data from 35 monitoring centres across the city. The improvement in the air quality is being attributed to the dispersing of the particulate matter with an improvement in the wind speed due to weather change which was earlier suggested by the concerned agencies. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had, on Friday, said idea extending the Odd - Even scheme will be thought over and decided on Monday as weather forecasting agencies have suggested that due to some changes in weather and wind situation the pollution in the coming two to three days is likely to come down. If weather conditions improve, Odd-Even will not be extended as the arrangement causes inconvenience to the people, he added. The situation may improve further as the weatherman has forecast strong surface winds during the day, while minimum temperature was 16.2 degrees this morning which was 4 degrees above season's average. Meanwhile, the situation in the NCR region, including Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh and other areas have also witnessed improvement in terms of the AQI.

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