New Delhi: The pollution woes of the National Capital Region (NCR) stabilised after an early warning system by scientists on Friday suggested that the air quality in the region is unlikely to worsen. The air quality in NCR has been reeling under the ‘very poor’ mark since October 24. On Tuesday the AQI breached the ‘severe’ level with the season’s high of 401 in Delhi.

A scientist on conditions of anonymity was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, “The air quality could see some improvement on Saturday. It will again deteriorate on Sunday. However, it is unlikely to slide back to severe levels. Instead, we expect the air quality to remain in the very poor category with AQI levels ranging between 301 and 400.”

A data by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) stated that the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 370 on Friday, which falls under the “very poor” category. The quality has improved when compared to the AQI value of 393 on Thursday. An AQI value is measured on a scale of 0-500. Values between 301 and 400 are considered ‘very poor’ while values above 400 are marked as ‘severe’.

Rather than a deterioration in air quality, the mercury levels are expected to drop to around 13 degrees Celsius on November 7. The dip in temperature is likely to be caused by the western disturbance which was responsible for the heavy snowfall in parts of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The onset of the cold northwesterly winds is expected to commence from Sunday.

Delhi’s pollution control body received a directive from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prosecute agencies and individuals who fail to comply with the guidelines to curb air pollution. According to the directive issued by the Supreme Court bench, citizens could file their complaints about air pollution via social media.

(With Agency inputs)