Finally we can see a relief as the Air quality index(AQI) in the National Capital Region has become slightly better that it was a week ago. However, the sky is hazy and there is a nip in the air with the onset of winters. The smog is causing low visibility is many areas of the Delhi-NCR region which is an alarming sign. Both state and central governments are taking necessary steps to keep vehicular pollution in check that accounts for the major percentage of pollution in the Delhi-NCR region.
Air Quality Index Today
According to the latest AQI bulletin of Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB), here are the AQI of the states and cities under the National Capital Region
While Delhi falls in the Severe category, Faridabad and Bahadurgarh districts of Haryana have second worst AQI followed by Gurugram, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Noida. Here is their AQIs:
Delhi - 312
Faridabad - 250
Greater Noida- 274
Ghaziabad - 250
The top three states with the worst AQI are Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.
AQI Levels Chart
Refer to the image below to understand Air Quality Index numbers:
0 to 50 - Good
51 to 100 - Moderate
101 to 150 - Unhealthy for sensitive groups
151 to 200 - Unhealthy
201 to 300 - Very Unhealthy
301 and higher - Hazardous
Also Read: 6 Major Health Impacts of Poor AQI Level
AQI from 0 to 100 is acceptable as it poses minimal health risk. AQI between 100-200 raises concern and can prove to be harmful for the general public(more concerning for people with existing health issues including but not limited to Asthma). If the AQI is above 200, it is an alarming situation as this can impact larger public groups and may call for a health emergency.
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If you reside in the Delhi-NCR region, make sure to wear N95 masks to minimise the risks caused due to toxic air quality. Health experts suggest staying indoors and using air purifiers to prevent exposure to pollutants. Additionally, consuming a healthy diet and including lung cleansing foods are helpful in protecting against hazardous air pollution.