NEW DELHI: According to the reports, the air conditions of Delhi city has started deteriorating a month early than usual with exit of the rainfalls in North India. With the rains gone, the air quality of the capital city has been under the poor zone since August 28. Delhi is India’s most polluted city being the capital city of the country.
The early rise of air pollution in the city also means that the Delhi residents will be exposed to poor air for a longer time this year. usually, the air quality in Delhi drops with the exit of the rains and gradually decreases during the winter reaching its peak in the month of January.
Data with System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR) under the ministry of earth sciences showed levels of fine, respirable pollution particles (PM 2.5) had started shooting up since August 26. The data with SAFAR in 2013, showed far better quality air during the same period when monsoons were normal.
The air quality test conducted by the Central Pollution Board too, confirmed the poor quality of air. Air quality on September 2 and 3 owing to high PM 2.5 and coarse pollution particles (PM 10). A ‘poor’ AQI indicates breathing discomfort on prolonged exposure according to CPCB, the Times of India reports.
Delhi Pollution Control Committee’s real time monitoring showed levels of PM 2.5 hovering at about 80 to 100 micrograms per cubic metres at various stations on Thursday.