Last updated: November 15, 2022, 9:17 PM IST
Air quality in Delhi improved significantly on Tuesday amid a sharp decrease in farm fires in Punjab over the past two days.
The capital’s 24-hour average Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 227 on Tuesday. It was 294 on Monday and 303 on Sunday.
An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very bad’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.
Air quality is likely to improve further due to the high winds, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 15.4 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 29.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.
Punjab reported 141 farm fires on Tuesday and just four on Monday, according to data from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). A total of 2,467 incidents of stubble burning were reported in the agricultural state on Saturday.
According to SAFAR, a forecasting agency under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the share of farm fires in Delhi’s PM2.5 pollution fell from 13 percent on Monday to 3 percent on Tuesday.
With a view to improving air quality, the Commission for Air Quality Management had on Monday ordered the authorities to withdraw the curbs imposed in Delhi-NCR under phase three of the Graded Response Action Plan with immediate effect .
The curbs under Stage 3 include a ban on construction and demolition activities, excluding essential projects.
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