Delhi Air Pollution, Dec 13: AQI improves to 256 as wind speed rises, likely to improve further after Dec 15

Delhi Air Pollution, Dec 13: Delhi reported an air quality index of 256 at 7.30 am on Monday. The air quality of the NCR region of Noida and Gurugram is in the 'poor' category. Gurugram logged an AQI of 286 and it stands at 256 in Noida.

Delhi Air Pollution, Dec 13: AQI improves to 256 as wind speed rises, likely to improve further after Dec 15

New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The air quality index (AQI) in the national capital improved to 256 on Monday (December 13). However, it continued to remain in the 'poor' category. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) portal of the Ministry of Earth Sciences reported an air quality index of 256 at 7.30 am.

The air quality of the NCR region of Noida and Gurugram is also in the 'poor' category. Gurugram logged an AQI of 286 and it stands at 256 in Noida.

Earlier on Sunday, Delhiites got a breather from the rising levels of pollution after the AQI plunged to 256 from 310.

Further, SAFAR announced that from December 15 onwards, air quality is likely to improve due to relatively high wind speeds but within the 'poor' or 'lower or end of very poor' category.

As per the government agencies, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

The ministry's portal advised people belonging to sensitive groups to reduce prolonged or heavy exertion, take more breaks and do less intense activities. "Asthmatics, keep medicine ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur. Heart patients, see doctor, if palpitations, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue occurs," it read.

With the order of the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) concerning the closure of industries not running on clean fuels coming to an end on Sunday unless extended further, residents are apprehensive about the air quality getting worse if strict measures to curb pollution do not continue.

CAQM had on December 7 ordered the immediate closure of all industries not running on cleaner fuel in industrial areas despite its availability. CAQM had said that violating industries or industrial units will not be permitted to schedule their operations till December 12 and the position will be reviewed for further decision.

(With inputs from ANI)

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