HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The AQI of Delhi is likely to improve from Sunday due to strong winds.
  • In places like Anand Vihar, Jahangirpuri, Mundka, RK Puram, Rohini, and Vivek Vihar, the AQI was 401 and 500.
  • To control the rising pollution, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has permitted commuters to stand and travel on Metro trains and buses.

The air quality of the national capital city, Delhi continues to decline to remain in the ‘very poor category’. Several areas of Delhi reported severe Air Quality Index (AQI), which affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases. However, officials have forecasted that due to strong winds, AQI in Delhi is likely to improve from Sunday.

In places like Anand Vihar, Jahangirpuri, Mundka, RK Puram, Rohini, and Vivek Vihar, the AQI was 401 and 500. As of Saturday morning, the AQI of Delhi stood at 377 in the morning which improved to 374 in the evening. Meanwhile, the AQI of the neighbouring areas continued to remain in the poor category with Gurgaon at 348, Noida at 357, Greater Noida at 320, and Faridabad at 347.

To control the rising pollution, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has permitted commuters to stand and travel in Metro trains and buses. However, only 30 standing passengers will be allowed in each Metro train coach. The maximum number of passengers allowed to travel standing will be 50 percent of the seating capacity.

Moreover, the government has also banned the entry of trucks carrying non-essential items into the city and the closure of schools and colleges till further orders. In addition, all employees have been instructed to work from home for the government departments.

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