Delhi air quality severe, EPCA to monitor situation for 48 hours
Delhi’s air quality worsened further and slipped into ‘severe’ category Monday as heavy stagnant air prevented dispersion of pollutants, according to authorities.
Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority chairperson Bhure Lal said they were monitoring the situation and if severe conditions persist for 48 hours then stringent action, as prescribed under the Graded Response Action Plan, would be implemented.
The Central Pollution Control Board or CPCB recorded an overall air quality index (AQI) of 412 which falls in the ‘severe’ category.
Neighbouring Ghaziabad, Noida and Faridabad also recorded ‘severe’ air quality. Noida’s air quality was the worst with an AQI of 452, the CPCB data showed.
An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’ and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.
Nineteen areas in Delhi recorded ‘severe’ air quality and ten areas recorded ‘very poor’ air quality, according to the CPCB.