It is time to mask up and stay in once again, not because of the pandemic but the deteriorating Air Quality in Delhi. A 'severe' AQI was reported at various places along Delhi NCR according to the data shared by Central Pollution Control Bureau and Delhi Pollution Control Bureau.
The AQI around 12:30 pm on November 1, 2022, was 424 at ITO Delhi, 422 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium; 416 at Pusa, West Delhi; 433 at RK Puram; 422 at Okhla Phase-2 (SouthWest Delhi). Moreover, the AQI at several other places was reported as 'Very Poor'. This includes 355 Mandir Marg (Central Delhi); 379 at Lodhi road and 385 at Dilshad Garden.
As gathered, stubble burning in Punjab is being regarded as one of the major reasons for the pollution. Poor air quality can have various health impacts on people. Vikrant Tongad, a self-trained environmental conservationist says, "The depleting air quality is a perennial human concern for Delhi NCR. People who have breathing issues and suffer from Asthma can suffer a lot because of this. We need a complete implementation of points under the Graded Response Action Plan to control this."
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe".