In news that greeted Delhi’s citizens with a breath of fresh air literally on Delhi air quality, the air quality index for the capital showed for the first time this year that the air prevalent in the city is rated as good. With heavy rains thundering down the city, water has helped wash away the pollutants in the air, resulting in the citizens breathing in a much better quality of air.
Ever since the onset of monsoon in the capital, the rain has helped wash away the dust particles in the rain to make Delhi’s air quality turn to good. This has drastically benefitted not only people suffering from breathing and health problems but also young children and babies. Filled with pollutants and dust particles the year out, owing to different factors, this change in the city’s air has helped us all breath in a huge sigh of relief.
The Air Quality Index of New Delhi was recorded at 43 which falls under the “good” category. The city has been recording safe PM 2.5 (fine, reparable particulate matter) concentrations. Over the weekend, the running average PM 2.5 concentration was measured at 29 micrograms per cubic metres, according to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research. The 24-hour safe standard is 60. An AQI in the range of 0-50 is considered “Good”, 51-100 “Satisfactory”, 101-200 “Moderate”, 201-300 “Poor”, 301-400 “Very Poor” and 401-500 “Severe”. The PM10 level (presence of particles with a diameter less than 10 mm) was recorded as “good” at 39 in Delhi-NCR and 32 in Delhi.
The air quality, however, is set to go back to its earlier level once the rains reduce in the city with crop and stable burning set to begin in adjoining areas come August. This calls for an urgent to ensure that steps are taken within this week while the air quality remains good to ensure that PM 2.5 and PM10 levels are well under the required levels. Various organizations have urged the Indian ad Delhi government to adopt methods and bring into place stricter laws that help address the problem of pollution.
Meanwhile, enjoy the good air quality in Delhi. Step out, go for walks and take in as much of the fresh, clean air as you can. Stay tuned for more updates on Delhi air quality.