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Delhi's air quality deteriorates, may worsen by Sunday: Authorities

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The deteriorated on Saturday with drop in wind speed, and the authorities predicted further fall in the of the national capital in the coming days.

The overall (AQI) recorded at 4 pm Saturday stood at 300 which falls in the poor category and is just one point from being 'very poor', according to Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).

On Friday the AQI of the national capital stood at 154.

An AQI between 0-50 is considered 'good', 51-100 'satisfactory', 101-200 'moderate', 201-300 'poor', 301-400 'very poor', and 401-500 'severe'.

Adjoining Ghaziabad, Faridabad, and also recorded 'very poor' air quality levels, the data by the showed.

The PM10 level (presence of particles with diameter less than 10 micrometres) in stood at 243 and the PM2.5 level was recorded at 122, according to the data.

Authorities have predicted further deterioration of air quality in the coming days. The PM2.5 level was forecast to reach very poor level by tomorrow.

A slew of measures are being taken by the CPCB to fight pollution during the upcoming winter season, when the is generally the worst.

Meanwhile, from the NASA have showed that the farmers in and have started burning crop residue earlier this month.

The NASA, on its official website, stated that burning crop residue in and has increased significantly over the past 10 days in and near Amritsar, Ambala, Karnal, and

Burning of paddy straw every year during October and November and wheat straw during April in and are the major contributors of in Delhi-NCR, as the smoke travels towards the national capital. In Delhi, it mixes with the fog and creates a toxic smoggy winter every year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 18:55 IST