Delhi battles to breathe as major pollutants fall in 'poor' category
New Delhi: The air quality was recorded in the 'poor' category on Monday morning in the national capital. Major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 stood at 206 and 214 respectively.
On Sunday, PM 2.5 was recorded at 203 while PM 10 docked at 214, both in the 'poor' category, in Lodhi Road area.
Delhi's overall Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday was 305, which falls in the 'very poor' category.
An AQI between 0-50 is marked good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor and 401-500 is considered severe.
According to government-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), “Everyone should reduce heavy exertion. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid longer or heavy exertion.”
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the minimum temperature in Delhi-NCR on Sunday was seven degrees Celsius at Safdarjung observatory, while the maximum was 22.