Delhi continues to grapple with pollution, air quality remains severe at 460

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The AQI is likely to improve marginally to moderate category. A slight decline is predicted for Thursday. Photo: PTI

The air quality in Delhi on Thursday (November 14) continued to remain in the ‘severe category’ as the Air Quality Index recorded at 460.

The Dwarka Sector 8 air monitoring centre recorded an air quality index of 496 and Nehru Nagar and JLN Stadium 492.

An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered ‘poor’, 301-400 ‘very poor’ and 401-500 ‘severe’, while the AQI above 500 falls in the ‘severe plus’ category.

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On Wednesday (November 13), the air quality in the city was severe with the overall AQI being recorded at 456 at 4 pm.

The noxious smog resulting from raging farm fires and unfavorable weather had pushed pollution in Delhi-NCR towards the “emergency” zone, prompting authorities to order closure of schools till November 15 – a second time in two weeks.

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had also extended the restrictions on dirty-fuel based industries in Delhi-NCR, hot mix plants and stone crushers till the morning of November 15, as the MeT department said strong winds are expected from Friday (November 15), which will bring down the air pollution levels to the very poor category.

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