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Delhi’s Air Quality Improves To ‘Satisfactory’ Category Due To Increased Wind Speed

High wind speed in the national capital Delhi helped in the dispersion of pollutants, taking down the air quality index from 119 to 99 in satisfactory category

Delhi's Air Quality Improves To 'Satisfactory' Category Due To Increased Wind Speed

New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality improved slightly on Wednesday (February 27) and was recorded in the “satisfactory” category as a result of increased wind speed that helped in the dispersion of pollutants, authorities said. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city was 99. As per CPCB’s air quality standards AQI is categorised into six parts. An AQI between 0-50 is considered ‘good’, 51-100 ‘satisfactory’,101 and 200 comes under the “moderate” category, 201 and 300 is considered “poor”, 301 and 400 “very poor”, while an AQI between 401 and 500 is considered “severe”.

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In the National Capital Region (NCR), Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Greater Noida recorded “satisfactory” air quality, while Faridabad witnessed “moderate” quality air, the CPCB data said. The overall PM2.5 levels – fine particulate matters in the air with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers in Delhi was 51, while the PM10 level was 90, the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) said. The SAFAR too said the overall air quality over Delhi was in the “satisfactory” category.

Wind speed is favourable for the dispersion of pollutants. AQI is predicted to increase slightly to ‘moderate’ by tomorrow. The air quality will remain in ‘satisfactory’ to ‘moderate’ category in the next three days, the SAFAR said.

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Delhi’s air quality has been witnessing positive changes in the recent past. On Tuesday (February 26), th air quality drastically improved after rainfall washed away the pollutants and brought down the pollution level, authorities said. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city was 119, which falls in the ‘moderate’ category.

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