New Delhi, Nov 10: While the people of Delhi and authorities are busy in saving Delhi from the dense and life-threatening blanket of smog over the capital city, other cities with much worse air quality have remained unnoticed. On Tuesday, Delhi has had an air quality index (AQI) of 448 and Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh recorded an AQI of 500, worse than the capital city. 500 is the highest the air quality scale can measure. The air quality in Moradabad went from “very poor” on Monday to “severe” on Tuesday and remained so for the next two days.

For past few days, the authorities and the Centre have focussed only on Delhi despite the fact that the air quality of other few cities – Moradabad, Howrah, Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur, and Muzzafarpur – has been deteriorating. Howrah on Tuesday recorded an air quality index of 451 and according to the reports, it is getting worse. (Also Read: Odd-even Scheme to be Rolled Out For Five Days From November 13 in Delhi)

About Delhi’s air quality, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan hoped that the air quality of Delhi would improve in next few days. “We have asked the Delhi government to sprinkle water on roads or use mechanised ways for dust removal from roads,” he was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. He added that the Centre is considering a list of steps that would be taken to curb pollution in the city. (Also Read: Delhi NCR Engulfed in Smog, Beats Beijing in Pollution Levels)

The air quality has clearly deteriorated across the northern-Gangetic plain, said a Central Pollution Control Board’s air quality index bulletin. On Tuesday, Delhi-NCR was covered with a thick layer of smog over it. The level of the PM (Particulate Matter) 2.5 was above 300 in all parts of Delhi on Wednesday and was above 600 in many areas like Punjabi Bagh, where PM 10 was also above 800. (Also Read: Delhi Police Seals Border Entry Points For Heavy And Medium Vehicles to Check Air Pollution)

Lucknow, on Wednesday and Thursday, recorded an AQI of 430 and 468, respectively. Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh recorded an AQI of 500 on Tuesday, 439 on Wednesday, and 414 on Thursday; Agra, on the other hand, recorded an AQI of 449 on Thursday.