New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital registered a slight improvement on Thursday, although the Air Quality Index (AQI) continued to be in the ‘poor’ category. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall AQI was recorded at 273 which comes under the ‘poor’ category. However, the AQI of 12 places in Delhi was registered in the ‘very poor’ category. Also Read - With 1379 Cases in 24 Hours, COVID-19 Tally in Delhi Crosses 1 Lakh-mark; Centre Says Positivity Rate Declines | Key Points

According to a media report, a task force has suggested putting a ban on industrial and construction activities in major pollution “hotspots”, if air quality deteriorates to ‘severe’. The task force also called for stricter implementation by public agencies, municipal bodies, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, traffic police to combat pollution. Also Read - 'Please Donate Plasma': Arvind Kejriwal's Humble Request as Delhi Crosses 1 Lakh-mark in COVID-19 Cases

On Thursday, the air quality of Delhi remained at a dangerous level with an AQI dubbed under the ‘poor’ category at the Lodhi road area. The PM 2.5 stood at 273 while the PM 10 was 266 at Lodhi area, news agency ANI reported. Also Read - With 24,248 New COVID-19 Cases, India Inches Close to 7-lakh Mark | Top Developments

Notably, the air quality in NCR has been reeling under the ‘very poor’ mark since October 24. On November 14, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority had advised a ban on all the private vehicles that run without compressed natural gas (CNG) in Delhi.

Considering the worsening air quality, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had earlier issued a directive to the city’s pollution control body to prosecute agencies and individuals who fail to comply with the guidelines to curb air pollution. The directive issued by the Supreme Court bench requested citizens to file their complaints about air pollution via social media.