New Delhi: Delhiites have much to rejoice as its air quality turned ‘good’ on Saturday, as per the data released by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). This is for the second time that the national capital’s air quality improved turned better. Prior to this, the onset of monsoon in Delhi had purified the air and brought it under the ‘good’ category. Also Read - Lockdown: ‘People Without Ration Card Will Also be Given Ration by Delhi Govt,’ Says Kejriwal
The PM10 level (presence of particles with a diameter less than 10mm) was recorded as ‘good’ at 46 in Delhi-NCR and Delhi. Meanwhile, the PM2.5 level (presence of particles with a diameter less than 2.5 mm) was 23 in Delhi-NCR and 22 in Delhi on September 21, according to the CPCB. Also Read - ‘Students From Nursery to Class 8 Will be Promoted to Next Class Directly,’ Says Sisodia
The overall Air Quality Index of Delhi was recorded at 48 which falls under the ‘good’ category. Officials added that the rains have helped wash away the pollutants from the air. CPCB officials believe that the persistent monsoon is the reason behind the ‘good’ air quality. Also Read - Coronavirus: Yogi Urges Kejriwal to Help UP Residents in Capital, Assures Aid to Those From Delhi in His State
An air quality index of 0-50 is considered “Good”, 51-100 is “Satisfactory”, 101-200 is “Moderate”, 201-300 is “Poor”, 301-400 is “Very Poor”, and 401-500 “Severe”.
A few months back, Delhi’s air quality was crippling with residents gasping for breath. This had prompted the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to stop all civil construction activities for a stretch of three days as part of emergency measures to bring down the severe dust pollution.
Earlier, a study jointly conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute and Automotive Research Association of India had also stated that the use of agricultural residues in power plants can help reduce pollution in the Delhi-NCR region by 8 per cent by 2025. It also suggested several other measures which could help in curbing pollution.