Delhi is grappling with severe smog and deteriorating air quality, prompting the Environment Minister, Gopal Rai, to announce the revival of the odd-even car rationing scheme from November 13 to 20. As the city becomes engulfed in a dense smog, here’s an update on the current air quality situation and the impending measures to combat air pollution.
On Tuesday, Delhi’s overall air quality was categorized as ‘very poor,’ with an Air Quality Index (AQI) reading of 399, according to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)-India.
Specific areas in Delhi recorded even higher AQI levels:
- Delhi University: 461
- Airport Terminal 3: 433
- Noida: 463
- IIT Delhi: 416
- Gurugram: 369
- Pusa: 372
- Lodhi Road: 371
- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: 409
Furthermore, Ghaziabad, a neighboring area, recorded an AQI of 370, as reported by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
To safeguard the health of school students, the Delhi government has taken the decision to temporarily suspend in-person classes for all school levels, with the exception of tenth and twelfth-grade students who are preparing for their board examinations. This proactive measure is aimed at curbing exposure to the hazardous air quality in the city.