New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital continued to be in the ‘Poor’ category with major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10 at 293 and 295 respectively in the Lodhi Road area, reported ANI on Wednesday. (Also read: Task Force Recommends Banning of Construction in ‘Hotspots’)Also Read - International Flights: Air India Express Announces Flights to Kuala Lumpur For February, Opens Booking: Check Full Flight Schedule Here

Delhi and NCR had woken up to a smoggy morning on Tuesday, the first day of the new year, with air quality ranging from ‘Hazardous’ category to ‘Severe’. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) showed the Air Quality Index (AQI) ranging between 199 and 505 in Delhi. Also Read - Extreme Weather Events In THESE Places; Delhi To Record Coldest Day Of The Season Today

In Noida, Sector 125 was the most polluted with an AQI reading of 573. Industrial area of Mundka continued to be the highest polluted area with the AQI level of 505 with PM 10 levels at 556 and PM 2.5 levels at 445. Also Read - Delhi Reduces Number of Dry Days to Just 3, Down From 21 Earlier in The Whole Year. Details Here

Gurugram’s air quality also remained in the ‘Hazardous’ category with an AQI reading of 461. Faridabad remained at a slightly better position with the air quality in ‘Very Poor’ category with a reading of 241.

“There are chances of a spell of rain on Sunday. Mild rains can bring down the air quality to normal,” a weather department official said.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, for the third consecutive day, the air quality in the national capital was in the severe category.

The overall AQI in the national capital on New Year’s Day was 404.  The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the air quality was likely to remain in the ‘Severe’ category owing to low wind speed, which is highly unfavourable for dispersion of pollutants.

With the air quality remaining in the ‘Severe’ category in the last few days of 2018, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had even said that the even-odd scheme might be re-implemented.

Talking to reporters, he had said, “We’re taking a number of steps like tree plantation drives and buying 3000 buses etc. We sanctioned one of largest metro phases yesterday. If the need arises, we’ll implement the Odd-Even scheme. Each individual has to play a role in reducing pollution.”