People living in Delhi-NCR woke up to a thick blanket of smog on Wednesday morning as air quality index (AQI) plunged to 'very poor' at some places.
At around 8.30 am, the overall AQI in Delhi was at 309. An AQI between 0 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’'.
The AQI in Dhirpur, Delhi University, Chandni Chowk, Pusa was respectively at 314, 313, 132 and 287. From October 15, stringent measures to combat the menace of air pollution has come into force in the national capital and its nearby regions as part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).
This plan, which was first implemented in Delhi and NCR in 2017, includes increasing bus and metro services, hiking parking fees and stopping the use of diesel generator when the air quality turns poor.