You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Delhi records best air quality for 2019 as heavy rain reduces pollution

According to the CPCB) data, the overall AQI in Delhi was 133, which falls in the 'moderate' category.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhi witnessed heavy rains on Tuesday morning forcing the temperature to drop in several parts of the city
Delhi witnessed heavy rains on Tuesday morning forcing the temperature to drop in several parts of the city. Photo: PTI

Heavy rains drastically reduced the pollution level of the capital, which recorded the best of this year on Tuesday, authorities said.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall index (AQI) in the city was 133, which falls in the 'moderate' category.

This is the first time this year that an AQI as low as 133 was recorded, the CPCB data showed. In first week of January too, the had improved to 'moderate' category for a brief period of time.

has been battling hazardous pollution level for the past few months and for the last one month the air quality has been oscillating between 'very poor' and 'severe' category.

An AQI between 100 and 200 comes under 'moderate' category, 201 and 300 is considered 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', while that between 401 and 500 is 'severe'.

On Tuesday, two areas recorded 'satisfactory' air quality while 32 areas recorded 'moderate' air quality, the CPCB said.

In the Capital Region, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Greater Noida recorded 'moderate' air quality, it said.

The overall PM2.5 level -- fine particulate matters in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers -- in was 61, while the PM10 level was 110, it said.

Authorities said the drastic drop in pollution level was due to heavy rain that lashed the NCR.

First Published: Tue, January 22 2019. 13:06 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU