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Day after Diwali, Delhi sees ‘hazardous’ air quality | Delhi News

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Air quality across Delhi touched ‘hazardous’ levels on Monday morning, a day after Diwali celebrations in the national capital.

According to, which hosts data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (Government of NCT of Delhi), the AQI across the city was at ‘hazardous’ levels, with the AQI touching 970 at Pusa and 849 at Anand Vihar. The main pollutants were PM 2.5 and PM 10.

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As per numbers provided by the Air Quality Early Warning System, the overall AQI in Delhi was ‘poor’ at 275. The forecast said that it will hit the ‘Very Poor’ category soon.

The bulletin on Sunday had read that the air quality in Delhi would deteriorate to ‘Very Poor’ category on Monday, a day after Diwali. The air quality is likely to reach in ‘Severe’ category from November 14 to November 15, it read further.

The air in the national capital had improved slightly following rainfall on Friday, with the AQI in Anand Vihar at 288 on Saturday, Okhla Phase-2 and Dwarka at 238, according to Central Pollution Control Board. However, Kuldeep Srivastava, scientist at IMD, had said the impact of the western disturbance was short-lived, and the forecast issued by the Air Quality Early Warning System said the air quality could, however, deteriorate and be in the ‘very poor’ category on Sunday, and in the ‘severe’ category on Monday.

Last week, the city had seen back-to-back days of ‘severe’ AQI, with low wind speeds preventing the dispersion of accumulated pollutants in the city.

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