Air pollution level in Delhi remained in the 'very poor' category on Friday morning as in neighbouring Gurugram while it slipped to the 'severe' category in Noida, another neighbouring city. However, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is expected to improve within the next 48 hours.
The overall AQI for Delhi was recorded at 355 in the morning, a marginal decline by 10 from Thursday's 340. The air quality at Pusa Road was recorded at 334, Lodhi Road 328, Delhi University North Campus 378, Mathura Road 389, Ayanagar 346, IIT Delhi 363, Chandni Chowk 375 – all in the 'very poor' category.
In Noida, the IQA was 414 which is in the severe category and in Gurugram it was at 327 which is in the 'very poor' category.
Met department forecast light fog in the city throughout the day. Strong surface winds from tomorrow are likely to dissipate the particulate matter (PM) and, thereby improve the air quality.
The Supreme Court had earlier pulled up the Delhi Government for its approach to tackle air pollution in the National Capital. The court was particularly incensed by the odd-even road rationing scheme of the government terming it a "half-baked" measure with no solution to the issue of air pollution.
The apex court asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to check three-wheelers run on polluting fuels and to file a report. It also ordered the Public Works Department (PWD) and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to ensure that the order of the court is duly implemented.