Delhi NCR Wrapped in a Thick Sheet of Smog

Delhi-NCR were wrapped in thick sheets of smog from Wednesday morning to night. People complained about irritation in eyes and trouble in breathing. Ghaziabad with AQI of 389 was the most polluted. At the same time, the air quality index of Greater Noida was 368.

Most of the cities of NCR except Gurugram recorded to air in the inferior category. The air quality index crossed 400 in many areas of Ghaziabad and Delhi. The average air quality index was 343 in the capital, 331 in Faridabad, while 296 in Gurugram.

Due to the south-westerly trend of the morning winds, smog increased in the capital. The slowing of wind speed helped in increasing pollution. According to estimates, the air level is likely to remain in inferior category for the next two to three days.

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According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality index in the capital was at 343 as against 302 a day earlier. At the same time, air levels in the hotspot areas remained in the dangerous category. The ventilation index was at 9500 cubic meters per second and wind speed at 15 km per hour. The capital was wrapped in smog since morning. Many people had trouble breathing with eye irritation and sore throat.

According to “Safar”, the air standards body of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, 1,949 incidents of stubble burning was recorded in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The PM2.5 generated by this accounted for only five per cent of the pollution. Despite this, the smog showed a tremendous impact in the NCR. At the same time, the PM10 level was at 319 and PM2.5 level 163.

The air levels in the hotspot areas in the capital reached a critical range. While the worst air was in the Bawana region with an air quality index of 423, air quality was no better in other areas as well. Narela recorded 419, 417 in Jahangirpuri, 415 in Wazirpur, 395 in Sonia Vihar, 380 in Anand Vihar, 373 in Mundka, 365 in Vivek Vihar and 343 in Patparganj.
Most polluted cities in NCR Ghaziabad 389 Greater Noida 368 Noida 345 Delhi 343 Faridabad 331 Gurugram 296

Country’s most polluted city Ambala 452 Moradabad 425 Baghpat 420
Muzaffarnagar 412 Ghaziabad 389 (Air quality index as per CPCB till 4 pm)