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Toxic air now a year-long problem in Delhi, not winters alone; here's why

Delhi experienced zero days of 'good' quality air between March and May 2018, according to AQI values from data compiled by the CPCB's monthly air ambience reports

Dust storm

Delhi’s toxic air is no longer limited to winters. While Delhi is experiencing high levels of air pollution largely caused by a dust storm hitting western India, high 24-hour average levels of PM 2.5 have been recorded across the National Capital Region (NCR) between March and May 2018, an IndiaSpend analysis of CPCB data shows. This indicates that poor air quality is a problem consistently affecting the region, beyond winter and individual weather events. Air quality in Delhi is now at ‘hazardous’ levels, with areas in the national capital ...