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Delhi Air Quality: Thick Smog Covers City As AQI Remains 'Very Poor', Forecast Suggests No Major Relief

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Deli's AQI stood at 323 at 5.17 am on Tuesday.

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Delhites woke up to a thick layer of smog blanketing the national capital on Tuesday as the overall air quality of Delhi remained in the ‘very poor’ category. 

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Deli's AQI stood at 323 at 5.17 am on Tuesday.

The Air quality in Delhi and its adjacent areas aggravated again overnight following a marginal improvement a day ago, with forecasts suggesting that a major relief is unlikely in the coming days.

AQI in different parts of Delhi

AQI in Anand Vihar was recorded at 374, in Jahangirpuri at 399, in Lodhi Road at 315, in New Moti Bagh at 370.

The city's 24-hour average AQI, recorded at 4 pm, stood at 348 on Monday, deteriorating from 301 on Sunday. It was 319 on Saturday, 405 on Friday and 419 on Thursday.

NCR regions including Ghaziabad (321), Gurugram (261), Greater Noida (318), Noida (331) and Faridabad (329) also recorded a dip in air quality.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', 401 and 450 'severe' and above 450 'severe plus'.

Earlier, anti-pollution curbs were lifted

In light of an improvement in Delhi's Air Quality Index, the Centre on Saturday lifted stringent curbs, including a ban on construction work related to linear projects and the entry of polluting trucks.

Moreover, all government-aided and private schools reopened on Monday after GRAP Stage-IV curbs were revoked. The pollution control body, however, said all other curbs under stages I, II and III of GRAP, including a ban on non-essential construction work, mining, stone crushers and diesel generators will continue.

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