New Delhi/UNI: The air quality in the national capital continued to remain in the 'very poor' category on Thursday, as the air quality Index (AQI) stood at 362 according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR).
The air quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday was recorded at 328.
According to the SAFAR bulletin, the effective farm fire count has reduced to 432 and its contribution to Delhi’s PM 2.5 on Thursday is 2 percent.
The concentration of PM 2.5 and PM 10 stood at 201, in the 'very poor' and 337 in the 'poor' category respectively around 11 am, as per the agency.
Earlier the agency said from November 27 onwards local surface winds are likely to increase which will result in improvement of air quality.
Several areas in the national capital including ITO, Lodhi Road, and Mathura Road recorded air quality in the 'very poor' category with an AQI of 411, 309, and 346 while the AQI at Anand Vihar and Jahangirpuri were in the 'severe' category with an AQI 436and 463 respectively.
According to data from Central Pollution Control Board the Air Quality Index in the neighbouring parts of Delhi, also was in the 'very poor' to 'severe' category including Faridabad (at 438), Ghaziabad (314), Gurugram (334) and Noida (414).
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 is satisfactory, between 101 and 200 is moderate, 201 and 300 is poor, 301 and 400 is very poor, while AQI between 401 and 500 is severe.
Meanwhile the Delhi government on Wednesday said that schools, colleges and educational institutions in the national capital will reopen from Monday, November 29 onwards.
“Schools, colleges and educational institutions will be allowed to reopen in the city. Work from home in government offices will end on November 29, but we request people to use public transport" Delhi Environment minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday.
He said that CNG and electric trucks carrying non essential items will be allowed to enter Delhi from November 27 onwards. The ban on entry of diesel and petrol trucks carrying non essential items will continue till December 3.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) the sky will remain clear with the minimum and maximum temperature likely to hover around 10 and 28 degree Celsius respectively.
“The relative humidity at 0830hrs in the morning stood at 95 percent,” IMD said.