Air quality turns severe for first time in this season in Delhi

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Farm fires choke Delhi as air quality enters the danger zone

By Koushik Narayanan

Delhi: Intensive stubble burning across Punjab and neighboring states have led to the choking of the national capital, with the air quality termed “severe” for the first time in this season. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was 401, falling in the ‘severe’ category, the highest this season, Central Pollution Control Board officials said.

Eighteen areas of Delhi recorded ‘severe’ air quality with the highest AQI at 4 PM recorded at Anand Vihar at 467, according to data by the CPCB.

Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, and Noida recorded ‘severe’ air pollution, crossing the AQI of 400. Greater Noida’s air is also on the brink of turning severe, according to the data.

Unfavorable meteorological conditions along with moisture and heavy air further hampered the quality of air.