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Delhi's pollution rises again, air quality index in 'moderate' category

Delhi's air drastically improved after heavy rains lashed the city Tuesday and was recorded in the 'satisfactory' category this year for the first time since October last year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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People on the Rajpath Road | Photo: Dalip Kumar

Delhi's pollution level began to rise again Wednesday as the impact of rain subsided, but the was still recorded in the 'moderate' category, authorities said.

According to (CPCB) data, the overall (AQI) in the city was 184, which falls in the 'moderate' category.

Delhi's air drastically improved after heavy rains lashed the city Tuesday and was recorded in the 'satisfactory' category this year for the first time since October last year.

As the impact of rain subsided, the pollution level again began to rise and is expected to oscillate between 'moderate' and 'poor' category for the next three days, authorities said.
 

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

On Wednesday, 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 Delhi was 93, while the PM10 level was 139, it said.

First Published: Wed, January 23 2019. 15:10 IST
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